Brand Names : NebuPent, Pentacarinat, Pneumopent
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will
do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For pentamidine inhalation,
the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to pentamidine inhalation. Also tell your health care professional
if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives,
Pregnancy - Studies on birth defects have not been done in humans.
However, studies in rabbits, given doses by injection much larger than humans
would absorb into their bloodstream through the lungs, have shown an increase
in miscarriages and bone defects in the fetus.
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether pentamidine passes into
breast milk. However, pentamidine has not been reported to cause problems
in nursing babies.
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult
patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of pentamidine
inhalation in children with use in other age groups. However, pentamidine
inhalation is recommended in children 5 years of age and older who cannot
tolerate other medicines.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects
or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use
of pentamidine inhalation in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of pentamidine inhalation. Make sure you tell
your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Asthma - Patients with asthma may have an increase in coughing
or difficulty in breathing while receiving pentamidine inhalation