Formoterol is a bronchodilator used to relax the muscles in and around the airways, soothing difficulty in breathing for patients with chronic and reversible obstructive airway diseases like asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.
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Formoterol is an inhaled medication that treats asthma, airway constriction and bronchospasm. It can be used to treat chronic conditions like COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Formoterol helps relieve symptoms of these conditions, like coughing, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Formoterol can also be used to prevent wheezing, but it should not be used to treat an asthma or a COPD attack.
Below you will find the uses for formoterol:
- Chronic bronchitis
Dosage of formoterol depends on the individual taking it and the condition being treated. You should always take medication precisely as your doctor prescribes it. formoterol is approved for patients over the age of five years and is taken as a preventive medication, not a rescue medication in the middle of an incident. Below you will find a typical dosage of formoterol.
- Prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm: one puff of the inhaler (12 mcg of the drug) at least 15 minutes prior to exercise
- For Asthma: one puff of the inhaler (12 mcg of the drug) every 12 hours
- For COPD: one puff of the inhaler (12 mcg of the drug) every 12 hours or 20 mcg of formoterol by nebulizer every 12 hours
Formoterol Side Effects
Like any other drug, formoterol comes with its collection of side effects. If you experience any severe side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately. Below you will find a list of common side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- General aches and pains
- Pain in the face
- Irregular heartbeat
- Hives or itching
As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. You should also let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you have any allergies to drugs or foods. Formoterol may not be appropriate for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy or thyroid disease. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with formoterol. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.