Metaproterenol (By mouth)
Bronchodilator (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Metaproterenol belongs to the family of medicines known as adrenergic bronchodilators. Adrenergic bronchodilators are medicines that open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. They relieve cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing by increasing the flow of air through the bronchial tubes.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use and how often.
May be taken with or without food.
Measure the oral liquid using a marked measuring spoon.
If a dose is missed:
Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
Take the rest of the doses for the day at regularly spaced time intervals.
You should not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store at room temperature, away from heat, direct light, and moisture. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
You should not use cocaine.
When Not To Use
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to metaproterenol or any other drug like metaproterenol (such as Proventil®, Ventolin®, or epinephrine).
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
If metaproterenol does not help your breathing or if your condition worsens while you are using it, call your doctor.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fast pounding heartbeat
Your skin starts to look pale or blue
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Restlessness, nervousness, or shakiness
Mild dizziness or drowsiness
Loss of appetite or change in taste
Pain or difficulty going to the bathroom (urinating)
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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