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Beta-2 (Generic Isoetharine Oral Inhalation)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Isoetharine is used to both prevent and cure lung conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and others that cause wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. It eases breathing by relaxing the body and widening the lungs’ airways.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this medication for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Both an aerosol and a solution for oral inhalation are available for isoetharine. To treat symptoms, it is taken as needed, but typically shouldn’t be used more frequently than every four hours. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the isoetharine directions exactly. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

While not a treatment, isoetharine manages the symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Without consulting your doctor, never discontinue taking isoetharine.

Read the printed instructions that come with isoetharine before using it for the first time. To see an example of the right method, ask your physician, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist. While they are around, practise using the inhaler.

Follow these steps to use the inhaler:

  1. Well-shake the inhaler.
  2. Take off the safety cap.
  3. Keep your mouth closed and exhale (breathe out) as fully as you can via your nostrils.
  4. Use the “Open Mouth” technique by opening your mouth wide and placing the mouthpiece’s open end one to two inches from your mouth. Closed Mouth Technique: Insert the mouthpiece’s open end past your front teeth and into your mouth. Your lips should be tightly sealed around the mouthpiece.
  5. When you press down on the container to spray the medication into your mouth, take a slow, deep inhale through the mouthpiece. Make sure your teeth or tongue are not in the way of the mist entering your throat. To ensure that the drug enters the child’s throat, adults administering the treatment to young children may hold the child’s nose closed.
  6. Remove the inhaler, hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds, then slowly breathe out through your mouth or nose. If you use the inhaler twice, wait two minutes and give it a good shake before using it again.
  7. On the inhaler, replace the protective cap.

Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist about a spacer, a special device that attaches to the inhaler, if you are having trouble inhaling the medication.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using isoetharine,

  • If you have an allergy to isoetharine or any other medication, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist of all prescription drugs you are taking, particularly atenolol (Tenormin), carteolol (Cartrol), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard), phenelzine (Nardil), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), theophylline (Theo-Dur); and other medications for asthma, heart disease, or depression.
  • Ephedrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, and pseudoephedrine are examples of non-prescription drugs and vitamins that you should mention to your doctor and pharmacist. Check labels carefully as many non-prescription items (such as diet pills and treatments for colds and asthma) contain these drugs. Take none of these medications without first consulting your doctor (even if you never had a problem taking them before).
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, seizures, or an irregular heartbeat or elevated heart rate.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking isoetharine.
  • Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using isoetharine if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

There may be negative effects from isoetharine. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Tremor
  • Nervousness
  • Headache
  • Uneasy stomach
  • Mouth ache
  • Throat annoyance

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Increased breathing difficulty
  • Accelerated or elevated heart rate
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Chest discomfort or agony

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). If the liquid is pink, yellow, or black in colour, or if it has floating particles, do not use it. Do not puncture the aerosol container, and do not burn it or dispose of it in an incinerator.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you will react to isoetharine, your doctor will request a few lab tests.

After taking isoetharine, rinse your mouth with water, chew gum, or suck sugarless hard candy to soothe dry mouth or throat irritation.

Devices for inhalation must be cleaned often. Every week, take the plastic mouthpiece out of the medicine container, wash it with warm water from the faucet, and thoroughly dry it.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Beta-2®
  • Bronkosol®
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