What is Formoterol for:
This medication is a long-acting bronchodilator, prescribed for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). It widens air passage and helps in easy breathing.
How does Formoterol work:
Formoterol works in the airways to calm the muscles and help the flow of oxygen.
How should Formoterol be used:
Adult: PO- Acute bronchospasm; Reversible airways obstruction- 80 mcg twice daily. Inhalation- Acute bronchospasm; Reversible airways obstruction- as inhalation cap: 12 mcg twice daily, up to 24 mcg twice daily in severe cases. As dry powder inhaler: 6 or 12 mcg 1-2 timesday, up to 24 mcg twice daily in sever cases. As metered doses from aerosol inhaler: 12 or 24 mcg twice daily. As nebuliser: 20 mcg twice daily. Prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm 6 or 12 mcg at least 15 minutes before exercise. Additional doses may be given 12 hour later. It comes as a powder-filled capsule to inhale by mouth using a special inhaler.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis for asthma caused by working out. Do not take more often than every 12 hours unless told to do so by your doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking Formoterol :
If you have an allergy to formoterol or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you are allergic to milk, talk with the doctor. If you are not using other asthma drugs. This drug must be used with a long-term asthma-control drug like a breathed in steroid. If you are having a breathing attack.
When do I need to seek medical help
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away. Peak flow measurement low. Use of short-acting puffer (inhaler) more often. Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat. Trouble breathing. Very nervous and excitable. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Can I take Formoterol with other medicines:
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. – Taking them together can cause bad side effects. – Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Formoterol :
Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Keep away from children.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Antiasthmatic & COPD Preparations