Primatene Mist Dangers

Updated April 17, 2017

Primatene Mist is an non-prescription inhaler used for treating bronchial asthma. Consult a doctor about the various risks of using the drug' if you have asthma, make sure you are properly treating your condition.


Primatene Mist is an epinephrine aerosol inhaler that relieves chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing by widening the lungs' airways.

Basic Cautions

Do not take Primatene Mist if you are allergic to its ingredients or if you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) withing the previous two weeks. Interaction with MAOIs can cause headaches, fever and high blood pressure.

Possible Drug Interactions

Taking Primatene Mist with beta blockers can cause high or low blood pressure or rapid or slow heartbeats. Primatene Mist can reduce the effectiveness of hypertension medicine guanethidine.

Pregnancy Risk

If you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breast-feeding. consult a doctor before using Primatene Mist.

Existing Medical Conditions

Consult a doctor if you suffer from following medical conditions: overactive thyroid, urinary problems, enlarged prostate, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

Treating Asthma Properly

Make sure you aren't under-treating your asthma. Primatene Mist does not reduce swelling of the bronchial tubes or mucus build-up, which can be dangerous.

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