METAPROTERENOL (met a proe TER e nole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fast, irregular heartbeat
fever or chills
high blood pressure
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
anxious or nervous
stomach upset, nausea
unusually weak or tired
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for asthma or other breathing problems
medicines for colds
medicines for depression like amitriptyline, desipramine
medicines for irregular heart rate
medicines for heart disease or blood pressure
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at a room temperature of less than 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Protect from light. Keep the vials in the foil pouch until ready to use. Throw away if the solution becomes pinkish, dark or contains any solids. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to metaproterenol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not use extra medicine.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without first checking with your doctor. Some nonprescription medicines may contain ingredients that could be dangerous with this medicine.
If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.