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Foradil is a prescription medication used as a maintenance treatment to prevent or decrease wheezing and trouble breathing caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Foradil is a long-acting bronchodilator that contains the active ingredient formoterol. It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways, which helps in opening and making breathing easier. By inhaling the contents of the capsule through the inhaler device, Formoterol helps to treat asthma and prevent asthma attacks.
Use and Dosage
Foradil comes in a capsule, but it is not to swallow these capsules by mouth. Inhale the contents of the capsule by mouth using the inhaler device as directed by your doctor, usually one capsule twice daily (morning and evening, about 12 hours apart). Remember to use the new inhaler device that comes with each refill and discard the old one. Do not use a "spacer" device with the inhaler.
Before use, keep the capsule sealed in its foil packet. Wash your hands and make sure they are completely dry before handling the capsules. When using Foradil, inhale rapidly and deeply through the mouthpiece, and be sure to open the inhaler after use to check that the capsule is empty. Do not exhale into the inhaler.
If you are using Foradil to prevent exercise-induced breathing problems, use it at least 15 minutes before exercising, and do not use any more doses of formoterol for the next 12 hours. Also, make sure your asthma is stable (not worsening) before starting treatment with formoterol. If you are using other inhalers, wait at least 1 minute between the uses of each medication. Consult your doctor for more details.
Take Foradil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Foradil Inhaler (Formoterol Fumarate):
- Dry mouth
- Irritation of the mouth or throat
- Muscle cramps or pain
- Trembling or shaking of hands or feet
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual tiredness
Serious Side Effects of Foradil Inhaler (Formoterol Fumarate):
- Abdominal cramps
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Chest pain
- Coughing immediately after using a dose of medication
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty moving
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse palpitations
- Muscle fatigue
- Severe increase in shortness of breath
- Sudden difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face and throat
Forms and Strength
Foradil Inhaler (Formoterol Fumarate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Foradil Inhaler: Inhaler/capsules
- 12 mcg
Formoterol Fumarate: Inhaler/capsules
- 12 mcg
- Foradil should only be prescribed as an add-on to an inhaled corticosteroid and should not be used as a rescue medication for sudden breathing problems.
- Foradil should be used with caution in patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension and arrhythmias.
- Foradil may increase the risk of asthma-related hospitalization and should be used with caution in patients with unstable or worsening asthma.
- Foradil may cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which can be life-threatening and should be treated immediately with an inhaled, short-acting bronchodilator.
- Foradil should be used with caution in patients with seizure disorders.
- Foradil should be used with caution in patients with diabetes, as it may affect blood glucose levels.
- Foradil should be used with caution in patients with hyperthyroidism, pheochromocytoma, or uncontrolled diabetes.
- Foradil may interact with other medications, such as beta blockers, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants.
- Foradil may cause a decrease in potassium levels in the blood and should be used with caution in patients with hypokalemia or those taking medications that can lower potassium levels.
- Foradil should be used with caution in patients with liver disease, as it may affect liver function tests.
- Foradil should be stored at room temperature and protected from moisture and heat.
- Inform healthcare professionals of all medications, supplements, and health conditions before using Foradil.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Foradil Inhaler safe?
Foradil Inhaler is considered safe when used as directed by a healthcare provider. However, like all medications, it carries some risk of side effects and may not be appropriate for everyone. Do not use it in children under the age of 5.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Foradil Inhaler?
If you miss a dose of Foradil Inhaler, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take extra medication to make up for the missed dose.
Can Foradil Inhaler be used alone, or should it be used in combination with other medications?
Foradil Inhaler is typically used in combination with other medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids, to manage asthma symptoms. It can also be used alone to treat COPD.
How should I store Foradil Inhaler?
Foradil Inhaler should be stored at room temperature in a dry place, away from moisture and heat. The inhaler should be kept in its original container with the cap closed when not in use. Do not store Foradil Inhaler in the bathroom.
Can Foradil Inhaler interact with other medications?
Foradil Inhaler may interact with other medications, tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are using, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbal products. Your healthcare provider can advise you on whether any of your medications may interact with Foradil Inhaler.
It's important to purchase Foradil Inhaler from verified Canadian pharmacy.