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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Albuterol Sulfate (al-BYOO-ter-ole)

Inhalation Aerosol with Dose Indicator

Read this Instructions for Use before you start using Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol and eachtime 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 treatment. Your doctor should show you how your child should use Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol.

Important Information:

  • Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol is for oral inhalation use only.
  • Take Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol exactly as your doctor tells you to.

Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol comes as a canister with a dose indicator. The dose indicator is located on the top of the canister that fits into an actuator (See

Figure A). The dose indicator display window will show you how many puffs of medicine you have left. A puff of medicine is released each time you press the center of the dose indicator.

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

Figure A

Before you use Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol for the first time make sure that the pointer on the dose indicator is pointing to the right of the “200” inhalation mark in the dose indicator display window

(See

Figure A)

.

Each canister of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol contains 200 puffs of medicine. This does not include the sprays of medicine used for priming your inhaler.

  • The dose indicator display window will continue to move after every 10 puffs.
  • The number in the dose indicator display window will continue to change after every 20 puffs.
  • The color in the dose indicator display window will change to red, as shown in the shaded area, when there are only 20 puffs of medicine left in your inhaler

    (See

    Figure B)

    . This is when you need to refill your prescription or ask your doctor if you need another prescription for Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol.

Figure B

Figure B

Before using your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol for the first time, you should prime your inhaler. If you do not use your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol for more than

2 weeks, you should re-prime it before use.

  • Remove the cap from the mouthpiece (

    See

    Figure C). Check inside the mouthpiece for objects before use.

  • Make sure the canister is fully inserted into the actuator.
  • Hold the inhaler in an upright position away from your face and

    shake the inhaler well.

  • Press down fully on the center of the dose indicator to release a spray of medicine. You may hear a soft click from the dose indicator as it counts down during use.
  • Repeat the priming step 3 more times to

    release a total of 4 sprays of medicine. Shake the inhaler well before each priming spray.

  • After the 4 priming sprays, the dose indicator should be pointing to 200. There are now 200 puffs of medicine left in the canister.
  • Your inhaler is now ready to use.

Using your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler:

Step 1: Shake the inhaler well before each use. Remove the cap from the mouthpiece (

See

Figure C). Check inside the mouthpiece for objects before use. Make sure the canister is fully inserted into the actuator.

Figure C

Figure C

Step 2: Breathe out as fully as you comfortably can through your mouth. Hold the inhaler in the upright position with the mouthpiece pointing towards you and place the mouthpiece fully into the mouth (

See

Figure D). Close your lips around the mouthpiece.

Figure D

Figure D

Step 3: While breathing in deeply and slowly, press down on the center of the dose indicator with your index finger until the canister stops moving in the actuator and a puff of medicine has been released (

See

Figure D). Then stop pressing the dose indicator.

Step 4: Hold your breath as long as you comfortably can, up to 10 seconds. Remove the inhaler from your mouth, and then breathe out.

Step 5: If your doctor has prescribed additional puffs of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol, wait 1 minute then shake the inhaler well.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 in the section

Using your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler”.

Step 6: Replace the cap right away after use.

Cleaning your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler:

It is very important that you keep the mouthpiece clean so that medicine will not build up and block the spray through the mouthpiece.

Clean the mouthpiece 1 time each week or if your mouthpiece becomes blocked (

See

Figure F).

Step 1: Remove the canister from the actuator and take the cap off the mouthpiece.

Do not clean the metal canister or let it get wet.

Step 2: Wash the mouthpiece through the top and bottom with warm running water for 30 seconds (

See

Figure E).

Figure E

Figure E

Step 3: Shake off as much water from the mouthpiece as you can.

Step 4: Look in the mouthpiece to make sure any medicine buildup has been completely washed away. If the mouthpiece is blocked with buildup, little to no medicine will come out of the mouthpiece (

See

Figure F). If there is any buildup, repeat Steps 2 through 4 in the section

Cleaning your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler”.

Figure E

Figure F

Step 5: Let the mouthpiece air-dry such as overnight (

Figure G).

Do not put the canister back into the actuator if it is still we

Figure F

Figure G

Step 6: When the mouthpiece is dry, put the canister back in the actuator and put the cap on the mouthpiece.

Note: If you need to use your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler before it is completely dry, put the canister back in the actuator and shake the inhaler well. Press down on the center of the dose indicator 2 times to release a total of

2 sprays into the air, away from your face. Take your dose as prescribed then clean and air-dry your inhaler as described in the section

Cleaning your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler”.

How should I store Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol?

  • Store Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol at room temperature between 59°F and 77°F (15°C and 25°C).
  • Store with the mouthpiece down.
  • Avoid exposing Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol to extreme heat and cold.
  • Do not puncture or burn the canister.
  • Keep your Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol inhaler and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Developed and Manufactured by: 

Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.

Northridge, CA 91324, USA

Distributed by:

Sandoz Inc.

Princeton, NJ 08540

Copyright © 1996, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2020All rights reserved.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Revised: 12/2020          34-8726-6023-7



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