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Foradil Aerolizer (inhalation)

Generic Name: formoterol (inhalation) (for MOE ter all)
Brand Name: Foradil Aerolizer, Perforomist

Medically reviewed on December 26, 2017

What is Foradil Aerolizer?

Foradil Aerolizer is a long-acting bronchodilator. It relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

The Foradil brand of formoterol is used to prevent asthma attacks or exercise-induced bronchospasm in adults and children who are at least 5 years old.

The Foradil and Perforomist brands of formoterol are used to prevent bronchospasm in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Foradil Aerolizer may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Do not use this medicine to treat a sudden asthma or bronchospasm attack. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine.

Formoterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death or hospitalization. Use only the prescribed dose of this medicine, and follow all patient instructions for safe use.

If you use formoterol for asthma, you must use it together with another long-term asthma control medication. Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use formoterol if you are allergic to it. Do not use Foradil Aerolizer to treat asthma without using another long-term asthma control medicine (such as an inhaled steroid).

Formoterol may increase the risk of death or hospitalization in people with asthma, but the risk in people with COPD is not known. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.

To make sure Foradil Aerolizer is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Foradil capsules may contain lactose and milk protein. Talk to your doctor before using this form of formoterol if you have allergies or severe problems with lactose (milk sugar).

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using formoterol.

It is not known whether Foradil Aerolizer passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Foradil should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old. Perforomist is is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use Foradil Aerolizer?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Use only the prescribed dose of this medicine, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends.

If you use formoterol for asthma, you must use it together with another long-term asthma control medication. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.

For asthma or COPD, formoterol is usually given 2 times a day, about 12 hours apart. To prevent exercise-induced asthma, use the medicine 15 minutes before exercising and allow 12 hours to pass before using the medicine again. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Formoterol is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma or bronchospasm attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Tell your doctor if any of your medicines seem to stop working as well in controlling your asthma or COPD.

Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Any child using Foradil Aerolizer should be supervised by an adult while using this medicine.

Formoterol capsules are for use only in the Foradil Aerolizer device provided. Do not take the capsule by mouth. Use only one capsule at a time. Use dry hands when handling the capsule. Never place a capsule in the mouthpiece of the inhaler.

The Foradil Aerolizer inhalation device is not to be used with a spacer.

Perforomist solution is for use only with a standard jet nebulizer machine connected to an air compressor. Do not mix formoterol with other medicines in the nebulizer. Do not take this medicine by mouth or swallow it while inhaling.

To use the Perforomist solution with a nebulizer:

  • Open the foil pouch and single-use vial. Squeeze all of the medicine out into the chamber of the nebulizer. Attach the mouthpiece or face mask to the drug chamber. Then, attach the chamber to the compressor.

  • Sit upright in a comfortable position. Place the mouthpiece into your mouth or put the face mask on, covering your nose and mouth. Turn on the compressor.

  • Breathe in slowly and evenly until you have inhaled all of the medicine (usually 5 to 10 minutes). The treatment is complete when no more mist is formed by the nebulizer and the drug chamber is empty.

  • Clean the nebulizer after each use. Follow the cleaning directions that came with your nebulizer.

Use Foradil Aerolizer regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep all capsules and vials in their original packaging until you are ready to use a dose. Throw away any Perforomist solution vials that have not been used within 3 months.

Do not try to clean or take apart the Aerolizer device. Throw it away when your capsules run out. Always use the new device provided with the medication when you get your prescription refilled.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeats, nervousness, tremors, feeling weak or light-headed, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while using Foradil Aerolizer?

Do not use a second form of formoterol (Bevespi, Dulera, Symbicort) or other long-acting inhaled bronchodilator (arformoterol, salmeterol, Advair, Brovana, Serevent) without your doctor's advice.

Foradil Aerolizer side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have;

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • nervousness, trouble sleeping;

  • worsening asthma symptoms;

  • high blood sugar--increased thirst or urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss; or

  • low potassium--leg cramps, constipation, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect formoterol?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with formoterol inhalation, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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

Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: January 06, 2017