Emphasize the importance of taking only the prescribed dose at the prescribed time intervals.
Encourage the patient to drink adequate liquids (2000 mL/day minimum) to decrease the viscosity of the airway secretions.
Advise patient to avoid OTC cough, cold, or breathing preparations without consulting health care professional and to minimize intake of xanthine-containing foods or beverages (colas, coffee, and chocolate), as these may increase side effects and cause arrhythmias.
Caution patient to avoid smoking and other respiratory irritants.
Instruct patient on proper use of metered-dose inhaler (see medication administration techniques).
Advise patient to contact health care professional promptly if the usual dose of medication fails to produce the desired results, symptoms worsen after treatment, or toxic effects occur.
Patients using other inhalation medications and bronchodilators should be advised to use bronchodilator first and allow 5 min to elapse before administering the other medication, unless otherwise directed by health care professional.
bronchodilators has been found in Davis's Drug Guide
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