Pirbuterol, also known as Maxair®, is a prescription medication often used to treat asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It acts as a bronchodilator, which means it helps to open up bronchial passages and allow air to flow freely to the lungs. It is usually taken via an inhaler by a patient who is experiencing difficulty breathing. This drug is normally given to adults, but can also be recommended for use in children who are at least 12 years old.
Normally, this drug must be prescribed for a patient by his physician. This is often done after a diagnosis of COPD or asthma has been made. The actual dosage of pirbuterol can vary from person to person, but is usually around .88 oz (.25 mg) per puff.
Maxair® works to help people begin to breathe better by helping to dilate bronchi, which are air passages found throughout the respiratory system. These airways are then freed from any restrictions that could inhibit air flow to the lungs. The effect of this medication is normally felt very quickly, allowing a user to begin breathing normally in a matter of a few seconds after this drug is administered.
Pirbuterol is typically given to a patient via an inhaler. This device is normally used by placing the shorter end inside the mouth and inhaling deeply. It might also need to be shaken or have a button near the top of it depressed before an individual can inhale.
This medication is normally prescribed for adults to use. Even so, children who are at least 12 years of age may sometimes be given Maxair®. It is not typically recommended for young people 11 and under, although some doctors may allow them to take this drug if their condition is extremely severe.
Some of the side effects of pirbuterol include swelling of the lips, irregular heartbeat, hives, or chest pain. People who experience any of these symptoms should discuss them with their doctor. He can then advise the patient whether to continue taking Maxair® or try another treatment method instead.
People who suffer from breathing disorders can often benefit from taking pirbuterol. This is because it tends to give quick relief to a user whenever they experience an asthma attack. Individuals who are affected by this disease or who may have acquired COPD from smoking or exposure to pollutants may want to ask their doctor about taking this medication.