Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than instructed.

You will use this medicine with an inhaler device called a nebulizer. The nebulizer turns the medicine into a fine mist that you breathe in through your mouth and to your lungs. If you do not understand the directions or you are not sure how to use the nebulizer, ask your doctor to show you what to do. Also, ask your doctor to check regularly how you use the nebulizer to make sure you are using it properly.

Do not use this medicine to treat other breathing problems, without first checking with your doctor.

Avoid food or drinks that contain caffeine.

Avoid supplements that contain, or claim to have, stimulant effects.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form:
    • For relief of asthma symptoms:
      • Adults and children 4 years of age and older—1 to 3 inhalations for each dose. Wait at least 3 hours between doses. Do not use more than 12 inhalations in 24 hours.
      • Children younger than 4 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Keep the vial in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Store this medicine in the refrigerator or at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. An open vial of medicine must be used right away.