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Brovana

Generic Name: Arformoterol (ar for MOE ter ol)
Brand Name: Brovana

Warning

  • In people with asthma, long-acting puffers (inhalers) like Brovana (arformoterol) raise the chance of asthma-related deaths. Talk with the doctor.
  • Long-acting puffers (inhalers) like this medicine may raise the chance of asthma-related hospital stays in children and teens. Talk with the doctor.

Uses of Brovana:

  • It is used to treat COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  • This medicine is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Brovana?

  • If you have an allergy to arformoterol or any other part of Brovana.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Brovana with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Brovana?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), Brovana may sometimes raise blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about how to keep your blood sugar under control.
  • Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often.
  • Do not take more of this medicine or use it more often than you have been told. Deaths have happened when too much of this type of drug has been taken. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Brovana with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Do not give to a child. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Brovana) best taken?

Use Brovana as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Follow how to take Brovana as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
  • For breathing in only as a liquid (solution) by a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
  • Do not use this medicine more than 2 times in a day. Space doses by about 12 hours.
  • Do not mix other drugs in nebulizer.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Dosage Information (comprehensive)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Swelling on legs or feet.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • This medicine can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using Brovana (arformoterol), use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of Brovana?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Back pain.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Stuffy nose.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Side Effects (complete list)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Brovana?

  • You may store unopened containers at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused containers after 6 weeks.
  • Use right after opening.
  • Protect from light.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about Brovana, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Brovana. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Brovana.

Review Date: December 6, 2017

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