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Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation

Generic Name: Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation (for MOH te rol)
Brand Name: Foradil Aerolizer

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 19, 2019.

Warning

  • Drugs like this one may raise the chance of asthma-related deaths in people with asthma who do not also use an inhaled steroid. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
  • Drugs like this one may raise the chance of asthma-related hospital stays in children and teenagers with asthma who do not also use an inhaled steroid. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use formoterol capsules for inhalation to treat asthma if you are not also using an inhaled steroid. Do not use formoterol capsules for inhalation to treat asthma if your asthma is well controlled by an inhaled steroid.

Uses of Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation:

  • It is used to treat asthma.
  • It is used to prevent exercise-induced breathing problems.
  • 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 Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation?

  • If you have an allergy to formoterol or any other part of formoterol capsules for inhalation.
  • 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 have a fast heartbeat.
  • If you have a heartbeat that is not normal.
  • If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.
  • If you have a milk allergy.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with formoterol capsules for inhalation.

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 formoterol capsules for inhalation 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 Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take formoterol capsules for inhalation. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), formoterol capsules for inhalation 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 formoterol capsules for inhalation 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 formoterol capsules for inhalation with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using formoterol capsules for inhalation 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 (Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation) best taken?

Use formoterol capsules for inhalation as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using formoterol capsules for inhalation as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Do not use formoterol capsules for inhalation more than 2 times in a day. Space doses by about 12 hours.
  • For breathing in only by an inhaler into the lungs.
  • Have your inhaler use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the inhaler. Make sure you use the inhaler the right way.
  • Rinse out mouth after each use. Do not swallow the rinse water. Spit it out.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • Do not use a spacer with the inhaler.
  • Use new inhaler with each refill.
  • If working out or playing sports causes signs, use at least 15 minutes before doing it. Do not take more doses for at least 12 hours.
  • Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be inhaled into the lungs.

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 formoterol capsules for inhalation 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 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
  • 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.
  • Signs of too much acid in the blood (acidosis) like confusion; fast breathing; fast heartbeat; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; very bad stomach pain, upset stomach, or throwing up; feeling very sleepy; shortness of breath; or feeling very tired or weak.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • 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 formoterol capsules for inhalation, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation?

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:

  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Shakiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Nose and throat irritation.
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Not able to sleep.

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.

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 Formoterol Capsules for Inhalation?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store capsules in the original container. Use right after opening.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • 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 formoterol capsules for inhalation is refilled. If you have any questions about formoterol capsules for inhalation, 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.

Further information

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