Albuterol Sulfate (Page 7 of 8)

Instructions for Use

Albuterol Sulfate (al bue׳ ter ol sul׳ fate) Inhalation Aerosol

Read this Instructions for Use before you start using Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

The Parts of Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Inhaler Device:

There are 2 main parts of your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler device including a:

white plastic actuator that sprays the medicine from the canister. See Figure A.
red protective dust cap that covers the mouthpiece of the actuator. See Figure A.

There is also a metal canister that holds the medicine. See Figure A.

There is also a dose counter attached to the actuator with a viewing window that shows you how many sprays of medicine you have left. See Figure B.

You will see the number 203 in the viewing window which will count down during each of 3 priming shots. See Figure B and “Priming Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device ” below.

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Do not use the Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler.
Do not use a Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol canister with an actuator from any other inhaler, including another Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler.

Priming Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device:

Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol device must be primed before you use it for the first time or if your device has not been used for more than 14 days in a row. Do not prime your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol device every day.

Remove your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol device from its package.
Remove the protective dust cap from the mouthpiece.
Shake the inhaler well, and spray it into the air away from your face. See Figure C.
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Shake and spray the inhaler like this 2 more times to finish priming it. The dose counter on the actuator should display the number 200 after you finish priming the inhaler for the first time. See Figure D.
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Priming is necessary to make sure the correct dose of albuterol is contained in each actuation (spray). Your inhaler has 200 sprays for actual use and an extra 3 sprays for priming purposes. When the dose counter reads 203, 202, or 201, spray it into the air away from your face to prime it until the dose counter reads 200. Only begin using the new inhaler after priming, by actuating (spraying) 3 times, and when the dose counter reads 200 in the window.

Each Time You Use Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device:

Make sure the canister fits firmly in the plastic actuator.
Look into the mouthpiece to make sure there are no foreign objects there, especially if the cap has not been used to cover the mouthpiece.

Reading the Dose Counter on Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Actuator

The dose counter will count down each time a spray is released. The dose counter window shows the number of sprays left in your inhaler. See Figure D.
When the dose counter reaches 0 with a solid red background, it will continue to show a large 0 and you should replace your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol device.
The dose counter cannot be reset and is permanently attached to the actuator. Never change the numbers for the dose counter or touch the parts inside the actuator.
Do not remove the canister from the plastic actuator except during cleaning, and make sure the cap is on the mouthpiece when reattaching the canister to the plastic actuator. Placing the cap on the mouthpiece before reattaching the canister will prevent accidental release of a dose of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol into the air or increasing of the number of doses on the dose counter. The dose counter will count down each time a spray is released.

Using Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device:

Step 1. Shake the inhaler well before each spray. Take the cap off the mouthpiece of the actuator.

Step 2. Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece down. See Figure E.

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Step 3. Breathe out through your mouth and push as much air from your lungs as you can. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it. See Figure F.

Step 4. Push the top of the canister all the way down while you breathe in deeply and slowly through your mouth. See Figure F.

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Step 5. Right after the spray comes out, take your finger off the canister. After you have breathed in all the way, take the inhaler out of your mouth and close your mouth.

Step 6. Hold your breath as long as you can , up to 10 seconds, then breathe normally. If your doctor has told you to use more sprays , wait 1 minute and shake the inhaler again. Repeat Steps 2 through Step 6.

Step 7. Put the cap back on the mouthpiece after every time you use the inhaler. Make sure the cap snaps firmly into place.

Cleaning Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device:

It is very important to keep the plastic actuator clean so the medicine will not build-up and block the spray. See Figure G and Figure H.

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Do not try to clean the metal canister or let it get wet. The inhaler may stop spraying if it is not cleaned correctly.
If you have more than 1 Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler, wash each device at separate times to prevent putting the wrong canister together with the wrong plastic actuator. This way you can be sure you will always know the correct number of remaining doses of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol.
Wash the actuator at least 1 time each week as follows:
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Take the canister out of the actuator, and take the cap off the mouthpiece.
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Hold the actuator under the faucet and run warm water through it for about 30 seconds. See Figure I.
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Turn the actuator upside down and run warm water through the mouthpiece for about 30 seconds. See Figure J.
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Shake off as much water from the actuator as you can. Look into the mouthpiece to make sure any medicine build-up has been completely washed away. If there is any build-up, repeat the washing instructions.
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Let the actuator air-dry completely, such as overnight. See Figure K.
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When the actuator is dry, put the cap on the mouthpiece and then put the canister in the actuator and make sure it fits firmly. Remove the cap from the mouthpiece, shake the inhaler well and spray it twice into the air away from your face. Put the cap back on the mouthpiece.

If you need to use your inhaler before the actuator is completely dry:

Shake as much water off the actuator as you can.
Place the cap on the mouthpiece and then put the canister in the actuator and make sure it fits firmly.
Remove the cap from the mouthpiece, shake the inhaler well and spray it twice into the air away from your face.
Take your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol dose as prescribed.
Follow the Cleaning Instructions above.

Replacing Your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol Device

When the dose counter on the actuator says the number 20 , contact your pharmacy to refill your prescription or ask your doctor for another prescription for Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol. When it is time to obtain a new inhaler a red flag will begin to show in the window, getting larger as the number of doses remaining approaches 0. When the dose counter reaches 0, the background color will change to solid red. The red flag is to remind you to refill your prescription or ask your doctor for another prescription.
Throw the Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler away as soon as the dose counter says 0 with a solid red background or after the expiration date on the Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol packaging, whichever comes first. You should not keep using the inhaler after 200 sprays even though the canister may not be completely empty. You cannot be sure you will receive any medicine after using 200 sprays.
Do not use the inhaler after the expiration date on the Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol packaging.

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