Nervousness, headaches, and shakiness are a few common side effects of Maxair. Some uncommon side effects (occurring in less than 1 percent of people) include a sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. For the most part, Maxair side effects are minor and do not require treatment. However, there are a number of serous Maxair side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider, such as anxiety, worsening breathing problems, and depression.
An Introduction to Maxair Side Effects
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Maxair® (pirbuterol acetate). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate Maxair well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Maxair. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Maxair side effects with you.)
Maxair inhalers will not be made, dispensed, or sold in the United States in their current form after December 31, 2013. Maxair contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set this final date for the medication in order to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. The manufacturer of Maxair is working on a reformulated, CFC-free version, although it is not yet clear when that product will be available to consumers.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Asthma and COPD inhalers that contain ozone-depleting CFCs to be phased out; alternative treatments available (4/13/2010). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm208302.htm. Accessed April 16, 2010.
Graceway Pharmaceuticals. Statement on the continued availability of Maxair Autohaler (pirbuterol acetate inhalation aerosol). Maxair Web site. Available at: http://www.maxair.com/MAXStillAvailable.pdf. Accessed April 16, 2010.
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