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It is used to prevent breathing problems that happen with exercise. It is used to treat or prevent asthma. It is used to ease allergy signs. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor. For breathing problems: This drug is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
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For all uses of this drug: Severe mental health problems have happened with this drug or after it has been stopped. These problems include depression or suicidal thoughts or actions. These problems can happen in people with and without a history of mental or mood problems. Watch people who take this drug closely. Call the doctor right away if any changes in mood or behavior that are new or worse occur. This includes signs like depression; thoughts or actions of suicide; not able to focus; bad or strange dreams; anxiety; hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there); memory problems; sleep walking; stuttering; shakiness; trouble sleeping; trouble controlling body movements; or feeling agitated, confused, irritable, or restless. Talk with the doctor to be sure that the benefits of this drug are more than the risks. For allergic reasons: This drug must only be used when other drugs cannot be used or have not worked. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.What is this drug used for?
It is used to prevent breathing problems that happen with exercise. It is used to treat or prevent asthma. It is used to ease allergy signs. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor. For breathing problems: This drug is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
For all uses of this drug: Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby. For breathing problems: Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often. If you take this drug for asthma or allergy, do not take another dose to prevent breathing problems that happen with exercise. If you have asthma and taking aspirin makes it worse, avoid aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) lilke ibuprofen and naproxen while you take this drug. If you are switching to this drug from a steroid, do not stop taking the steroid all of a sudden. The dose of the steroid may need to be slowly lowered to avoid side effects. Talk with the doctor.What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of a very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes. Trouble breathing that is new or worse. Fever. Flu-like signs. Sinus pain. A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal. Ear pain.What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away: Headache. Stomach pain or diarrhea. Signs of a common cold. Cough. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Take with or without food. Keep taking this drug even when you are not having symptoms. If working out or playing sports causes signs, use at least 2 hours before doing it. If this drug is for asthma, take in the evening.What do I do if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
Store at room temperature protected from light. Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom. Store in original container. Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.General drug facts
If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor. Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs. This drug comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this drug is refilled. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.