Metaproterenol review

Metaproterenol is a beta2-adrenergic agonist drug indicated for the relief of wheezing symptoms and other breathing difficulties caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is a bronchodilator that works by relaxing the muscles and opening the airways of the lungs in order to facilitate easier delivery of oxygen and better breathing.

Patients should inform their doctor if they are allergic to Metaproterenol and any of its components, or to any other medications prescribed for the relief of breathing disorders. Patients should likewise inform their doctor if they have a heart condition or high blood pressure, seizure disorders like epilepsy, diabetes, thyroid ailments like hyperthyroidism, liver or kidney disease. Patients who have these types of conditions will need an adjustment of their Metaproteronol dosage and careful medical observation during the course of treatment.

Metaproterenol has been classified by the FDA as Pregnancy Category C, therefore it remains unknown whether this medication will cause adverse effects on the fetus. Patients should first inform their doctor if they are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or become pregnant while taking Metaproterenol.

While it has still not been established whether Metaproterenol is excreted into breast milk or has the potential to harm a breastfeeding infant, it is still advisable for breastfeeding patients to let their doctor know of this fact before starting Metaproterenol therapy.

Patients who have asthma are also advised against performing exercises in a cold and dry environment, smoking, inhaling dust, or exposing themselves to other allergens such as pollen and animal fur to prevent asthma attacks from occurring.

As Metaproterenol can cause palpitations and nervous shaking, patients should limit their caffeine intake, such as in the form of soda beverages, coffee and chocolate.

Taking Metaproterenol can result in side effects like nervousness, headaches, dizziness, mouth dryness, sore throat or coughing, stomach discomfort, nausea or vomiting, tremors, and weakness. However, if the patient starts experiencing symptoms like hives, a rash or itching, difficulty breathing or wheezing, palpitations or irregular heartbeat, tightness or pain in the chest, and swelling of the facial areas, they should cease taking Metaproterenol, call their doctor immediately, or seek emergency medical attention as soon as able.

Metaproterenol is the generic name for the current available brands of Alupent, Alotec, Novasmasol and Metaprel. It is sold in tablet and syrup form, in aerosol mouth spray, and as a solution for inhalation via nebulizer.

Metaproterenol mouth spray is administered every 3 to 4 hours at least 3 times a day, or when symptoms of an asthma attack are present. It should be taken according to the doctor's directions and must not exceed more than 12 puffs in a single day.

Metaproterenol in syrup and tablet form can be taken with food if the medication causes the patient to have stomach upset. While Metaproterenol can relieve symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, it will not cure these lung diseases. Metaproterenol should be taken even while the patient is feeling well, and therapy should not be ceased without first consulting a doctor.

Metaproterenol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of metaproterenol

• Molecular formula of metaproterenol is C11H17NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 5-[1-hydroxy-2-(propan-2-ylamino)ethyl]benzene-1,3-diol
• Molecular weight is 211.2576 g/mol
Metaproterenol available : 10mg tablets

Generic name: Orciprenaline

Brand name(s): Alotec, Alupent, Metaprel, Novasmasol, Orciprenalina, Orciprenalinum, Prometa

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