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Formoterol Inhalation Solution

Generic Name: Formoterol Inhalation Solution (for MOE te rol)
Brand Name: Perforomist

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Warning

  • In people with asthma, long-acting puffers (inhalers) like formoterol inhalation solution raise the chance of asthma-related deaths. Talk with the doctor.
  • Long-acting puffers (inhalers) like formoterol inhalation solution may raise the chance of asthma-related hospital stays in children and teens. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use formoterol inhalation solution to treat asthma if you are not using a long-term asthma-control drug like a breathed-in steroid. Do not use this drug to treat asthma if your asthma is well controlled by a long-term asthma-control drug.

Uses of Formoterol Inhalation Solution:

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Formoterol Inhalation Solution?

  • If you have an allergy to formoterol or any other part of formoterol inhalation solution.
  • 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 the patient is a child. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

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

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 inhalation solution 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 Inhalation Solution?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take formoterol inhalation solution. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), formoterol inhalation solution 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 inhalation solution 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 inhalation solution 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 inhalation solution 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 Inhalation Solution) best taken?

Use formoterol inhalation solution 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 inhalation solution as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Do not use formoterol inhalation solution more than 2 times in a day. Space doses by about 12 hours.
  • For breathing in only as a liquid (solution) by a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
  • 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.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

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, 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 the 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 inhalation solution, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of Formoterol Inhalation Solution?

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.
  • Loose stools (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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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 Inhalation Solution?

  • Store in a refrigerator or at room temperature.
  • If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused vials after 3 months or after the expiration date, whichever comes first.
  • Store in foil pouch until ready for use.
  • Protect from light.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Use right after opening.
  • Throw away any part left over after the dose is given.
  • 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 inhalation solution is refilled. If you have any questions about formoterol inhalation solution, 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

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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