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Mannitol Inhalation powder, capsule

It is used for a breathing test

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What is this medicine?

MANNITOL (MAN i tawl) is a bronchoconstrictor. It is used for a breathing test. The test helps your doctor understand how your lungs work.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-aortic or brain aneurysm
-bad cough
-collapsed lung
-coughing up blood
-heart disease
-high blood pressure
-history of stroke
-lung or breathing disease, like asthma
-recent surgery
-respiratory infection
-an unusual or allergic reaction to mannitol, gelatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. However, check with your doctor if you take any medicines regularly, and ask when you are allowed to take them prior to and after the test.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine during your test.

During the testing you may feel a little bit breathless. The tests can also make you cough and lightheaded for a few seconds. This is normal. If you feel very breathless, let the health care professional performing the test know. You will also be monitored for a short time after testing, after which you will be expected to resume normal activities.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-breathing problems
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-chest pain or chest tightness
-runny nose
-sore throat

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: June 25, 2012
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