For instructions on the proper use of Aeronide 200 mcg and to attain the maximum improvement in asthma symptoms, the patient or the parent/guardian of the patient should receive, read, and follow the accompanying patient information and instructions carefully. In addition, patients being treated with Aeronide 200 mcg should receive the following information and instructions. This information is intended to aid the patient in the safe and effective use of the medication. It is not a disclosure of all possible adverse or intended effects.
Patients should take Aeronide 200 mcg at regular intervals once or twice a day as directed, since its effectiveness depends on regular use. The patient should not alter the prescribed dosage unless advised to do so by the physician.
The effects of mixing Aeronide 200 mcg with other nebulizable medications have not been adequately assessed. Aeronide 200 mcg should be administered separately in the nebulizer.
Aeronide 200 mcg is not a bronchodilator, and its use is not intended to treat acute life-threatening episodes of asthma.
Aeronide 200 mcg should be administered with a jet nebulizer connected to a compressor with an adequate air flow, equipped with a mouthpiece or suitable face mask. The face mask should be properly adjusted to optimize delivery and to avoid exposing the eyes to the nebulized medication.
Ultrasonic nebulizers are not suitable for the adequate administration of Aeronide 200 mcg and, therefore, are not recommended.
Rinsing the mouth with water after each treatment may decrease the risk of development of local candidiasis. Corticosteroid effects on the skin can be avoided if the face is washed after the use of a face mask.
Improvement in asthma control following treatment with Aeronide 200 mcg can occur within 2 to 8 days of beginning treatment, although maximum benefit may not be achieved for 4 to 6 weeks after starting treatment. If the asthma symptoms do not improve in that time frame, or if the condition worsens, the patient or the patient's parent/guardian should be instructed to contact the physician.
Care should be taken to avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles. If exposure occurs, and the child has not had chickenpox or been properly vaccinated, a physician should be consulted without delay.
Aeronide 200 mcg should be stored upright at controlled room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) and protected from light. Aeronide 200 mcg should not be refrigerated or frozen.
When an aluminum foil envelope has been opened, the shelf-life of the unused ampules is 2 weeks when protected from light. The date the envelope was opened should be recorded on the back of the envelope in the space provided.
After opening the aluminum foil envelope, the unused ampules should be returned to the envelope to protect them from light. Any individually opened ampules must be used promptly.
Read the following text carefully before you start to use.
There are 2 main parts to your inhaler-the metal canister that holds the medicine and the plastic actuator that sprays the medicine from the canister.
The inhaler also has a dust cap that covers the mouthpiece of the actuator. Do not use the actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler. And do not use with an actuator from any other inhaler.
How to use your inhaler: Testing your inhaler: 1. When using the inhaler for the first time, test that it is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover by gently squeezing the sides with your thumb and forefinger and pull apart.
2. To make sure that it works, shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and press the canister to release a puff into the air. If you have not used the inhaler for a week or more, release two puffs of medicine into the air.
Using your inhaler: It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before using your inhaler. 1. Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler.
2. Remove the mouthpiece cover. Check inside and outside to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean and free of objects.
3. Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times to ensure that any loose objects are removed and that the contents of the inhaler are evenly mixed.
4. Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as is comfortable. Do not breathe in again yet.
5. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth. Close your lips around it. Do not bite.
6. Breathe in through your mouth. Just after starting to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of medicine. Does this while still breathing in steadily and deeply.
7. Hold your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for a few seconds, or as long as is comfortable.
8. If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait about half a minute before you take another puff by repeating steps 3 to 7.
9. After use always replace the mouthpiece cover straight away to keep out dust. Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking into position.
Cleaning your inhaler: To stop your inhaler blocking, it is important to clean it at least once a week.
To clean your inhaler: Remove the mouthpiece cover.
Do not remove the metal canister from the plastic casing at any time.
Wipe the inside and outside of the mouthpiece and the plastic casing with a dry cloth or tissue.
Replace the mouthpiece cover.
Do not put the metal canister in water.