Maxair Warnings and Precautions
There are many Maxair warnings and precautions to be aware of. For example, some people who take Maxair may experience a worsening of bronchospasms (spasms of the airways). Also, Maxair can potentially interact with certain other medicines, and it may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Lastly, Maxair is not suitable for everyone; you should not use the Maxair inhaler if you are allergic to Maxair or any inactive components used to make Maxair.
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.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Maxair® (pirbuterol acetate) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.