Primatene Mist

Generic Name: Epinephrine

  • What is this medication?

    Primatene Mist contains a bronchodilator. It is intended to temporarily relieve occasional symptoms of mild asthma: wheezing, tightness of chest, and shortness of breath.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Primatene Mist?

    Because asthma can be life threatening, see a doctor if you are not better in 20 minutes, get worse, need 12 inhalations in any day, use more than 9 inhalations a day for more than 3 days in a week, or have more than 2 asthma attacks in a week.

    Do not use this product unless a doctor said you have asthma. For inhalation only.

    Do not use this product if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. MAOIs are sometimes used for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional or psychiatric conditions.

    When using this product, increased blood pressure or heart rate can occur, which can lead to more serious problems such as a heart attack or stroke. Your risk may increase if you take this product more frequently than directed or take more than the directed dose of this product.

    Nervousness, sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, tremor, and seizure may occur when using this product. If these symptoms persist or get worse, consult a doctor right away.

    When using this product, avoid caffeine-containing foods or beverages and dietary supplements containing ingredients reported or claimed to have a stimulant effect.

    Do not puncture or throw this product into an incinerator. The contents are under pressure.

    Do not use or store this product near an open flame or heat above 120°F (49°C). This may cause bursting.

    This product contains CFC12, 114, substances that harm public health and the environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere.

    Do not exceed the dosage of this product.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In the case of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Primatene Mist?

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have ever been hospitalized for asthma; or if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, seizures, narrow angle glaucoma, a psychiatric or emotional condition, or trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking prescription drugs for asthma, obesity, weight control, depression, or psychiatric or emotional conditions; or if you are taking any drug that contains phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, or caffeine (such as for allergy, cough-cold, or pain).

    Ask a health professional before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Primatene Mist?

    When using this product, increased blood pressure or heart rate can occur, which can lead to more serious problems such as a heart attack or stroke. Your risk may increase if you take this product more frequently than directed or take more than the directed dose of this product.

    Nervousness, sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, tremor, and seizure may occur when using this product. If these symptoms persist or get worse, consult a doctor right away.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using this product.

  • What should I avoid while taking Primatene Mist?

    When using this product, avoid caffeine-containing foods or beverages and dietary supplements containing ingredients reported or claimed to have a stimulant effect.

    Do not exceed the dosage of this product.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Primatene Mist?

    If Primatene Mist is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Primatene Mist with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Primatene Mist?

    Adults and children 4 years: Start with one inhalation, then wait at least 1 minute. If not relieved, use once more. Do not use again for at least 3 hours. Supervise children using this product. See the insert for mouthpiece use and care instructions.

    Children <4 years:

    Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Primatene Mist?

    Store at room temperature, between 20° and 25°C (68 to 77°F). Do not use or store this product near an open flame or heat above 120°F (49°C). This may cause bursting.