Alupent

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Alupent (metaproterenol sulfate USP) Inhalation Aerosol is a bronchodilator administered by oral inhalation. The Alupent Inhalation Aerosol containing 75 mg of metaproterenol sulfate as micronized powder is sufficient medication for 100 inhalations. The Alupent (metaproterenol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol containing 150 mg of metaproterenol sulfate as micronized powder is sufficient medication for 200 inhalations. Each metered dose delivers through the mouthpiece 0.65 mg of metaproterenol sulfate (each ml contains 15 mg). The inert ingredients are dichlorodifluoromethane, dichlorotetrafluoroethane and trichloromonofluoromethane as propellants, and sorbitan trioleate. Alupent (metaproterenol sulfate) , 1-(3,5-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-isopropylaminoethanol sulfate, is a white, crystalline, racemic mixture of two optically active isomers. It has the following chemical structure:

Alupent (metaproterenol sulfate) structural formula illustration

What are the possible side effects of metaproterenol (Alupent, Metaprel)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking metaproterenol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • chest pains or an irregular heart beat.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take metaproterenol and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • headache, dizziness,...

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Alupent Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Alupent, Metaprel

Generic Name: metaproterenol (Pronunciation: meh ta proe TER e nall)

  • What is metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • What are the possible side effects of metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • What is the most important information I should know about metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • How should I take metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • What happens if I miss a dose (Alupent)?
  • What happens if I overdose (Alupent)?
  • What should I avoid while taking metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • What other drugs will affect metaproterenol (Alupent)?
  • Where can I get more information?

What is metaproterenol (Alupent)?

Metaproterenol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Metaproterenol is used to treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Metaproterenol may also be used for conditions other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of metaproterenol (Alupent)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking metaproterenol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • chest pains or an irregular heart beat.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take metaproterenol and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, or insomnia;
  • tremor or nervousness;
  • sweating;
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
  • dry mouth.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about metaproterenol (Alupent)?

It is very important that you use the metaproterenol inhaler or nebulizer properly, so that the medicine gets into the lungs. Your doctor may want you to use a spacer with the inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler and nebulizer use.

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

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