Inhalation drug Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator, helping to improve breathing by relaxing the airways muscles. It is used to prevent a bronchospasm within adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but it is not used to treat the already begun bronchospasm attack, in this case you need to take fast-acting drugs.
The drug Formoterol can cause the risk of a hospitalization and even death within patients with asthma. But for the patients with COPD such a possibility of any risks is unknown.
The use of Formoterol is prohibited for people under the age of 18.
Before taking this drug, you should consult with your doctor and tell him about all the illnesses that you have had recently, as well as all the medicines that you take in this period. You should inform your doctor if you have ever experienced the following: aneurysm, liver problems, food allergies, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, problems with the adrenal glands.
The risk of taking the drug for an unborn child is unknown, so you should tell your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy, if you are pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
You are not allowed to take this medication if you are allergic to Formoterol or the drug components.
Method of Application
Usually Formoterol is used every 12 hours 2 times a day. You must follow the instructions for use and recommendations of your doctor. The drug solution is used only with a special nebulizer. Do not mix Formoterol with other medicines in the nebulizer.
In order to get the most positive effect of the drug, you must apply it consistently. If you do not replace the drug, you should consult a doctor. Try to get a prescription from your doctor before the medicine ends.
This drug should be stored away from the heat and moisture, away from children, at room temperature. Doses of the medication should be stored only in the original packages. If the ampoules of Perforomist solution have not been used for more than 3 months, throw them away.
In case you have missed the time of taking the medicine, then take it when you remember about it, but if it's time for the next drug intake, skip the missed dose and take the medication as it was planned.
Avoid overdosing. Signs of an overdose: irregular or fast heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, convulsions or fainting, nervousness, tremor.
When using Formoterol, do not use other inhaled long-acting bronchodilators unless they are prescribed by your health care provider.
If while taking the drug you experience allergy symptoms, such as face swelling, breathing problems or rashes, consult your doctor immediately.
Taking the drug Formoterol may give rise to the following side effects: weakness in the legs, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness caused by low potassium levels; shortness of breath and other breathing problems; nervousness and insomnia; chest pain, palpitations; high blood sugar, severe thirst, drowsiness, dry skin, eye problems, weight loss.
General side effects: severe headache; diarrhea, nausea, vomiting; insomnia, nervousness, tremor, dizziness; muscle spasms.
If any of the above side effects occur, seek medical help immediately.
The list of side effects is not detailed. For more information, you should contact your doctor.
You must inform your doctor about all the symptoms you experience, all the medications you take or stop taking. You should ask your doctor about the substances that may affect Formoterol and do not use them. Don’t share your drugs with other people.
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