Metaproterenol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Metaproterenol is used to treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

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  • Metaprel, Alupent
  • More common
    Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    Less common
    Shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    worsening of asthma
    Rare
    Blurred vision
    chest pain
    chills
    cough
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    fainting
    fever
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    headache
    increased sweating
    joint pain
    loss of appetite
    muscle aches and pains
    nausea
    nervousness
    pounding in the ears
    puffiness of the face and fingers
    runny nose
    shivering
    slow or fast heartbeat
    sore throat
    sweating
    swelling
    trouble sleeping
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking metaproterenol, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Arm, back, or jaw pain
    chest discomfort
    chest tightness or heaviness
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    dry mouth
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    shortness of breath
    sleeplessness
    unable to sleep
    Some of the side effects that can occur with metaproterenol may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    Rare
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    change in appetite
    drowsiness
    dry mouth or throat
    itching skin
    pain
    raised red swellings on the skin, lips, tongue, or in the throat
    tightening of the muscles
    weakness
  • (inhalation aerosol with adapter, inhalation solution, oral syrup, oral tablet, inhalation aerosol, compounding powder)