DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The usual starting dosage for patients 2 to 12 years of age is 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg of AccuNeb administered 3 or 4 times daily, as needed, by nebulization. More frequent administration is not recommended.
To administer 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg of albuterol, use the entire contents of one unit-dose vial (3 mL of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. Adjust nebulizer flow rate to deliver AccuNeb over 5 to 15 minutes.
The use of AccuNeb can be continued as medically indicated to control recurring bouts of bronchospasm. During this time most patients gain optimum benefit from regular use of the inhalation solution.
Patients 6 to 12 years of age with more severe asthma (baseline FEV1 less than 60% predicted), weight >40 kg, or patients 11 to 12 years of age may achieve a better initial response with the 1.25 mg dose.
AccuNeb has not been studied in the setting of acute attacks of bronchospasm. A 2.5 mg dose of albuterol provided by a higher concentration product (2.5 mg albuterol per 3 mL) may be more appropriate for treating acute exacerbations, particularly in children 6 years old and above.
If a previously effective dosage regimen fails to provide the usual relief, medical advice should be sought immediately, as this is often a sign of seriously worsening asthma which would require reassessment of therapy.
The drug compatibility (physical and chemical), clinical efficacy and safety of AccuNeb solution, when mixed with other drugs in a nebulizer have not been established.
The safety and efficacy of AccuNeb have been established in clinical trials when administered using the Pari LC Plus™ nebulizer and Pari PRONEB™ compressor. The safety and efficacy of AccuNeb when administered with other nebulizer systems have not been established.
AccuNeb should be administered via jet nebulizer connected to an air compressor with adequate air flow, equipped with a mouthpiece or suitable face mask.