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Arformoterol

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Brovana®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist;Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist, Long-Acting

    Uses
    • It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
    • Arformoterol works in the airways to calm the muscles and help the flow of oxygen.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Follow how to take this drug 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 drug more than 2 times in a day. Space doses by about 12 hours.

    Missed Dose

    • Use 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 use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • 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.
    • Do not use if solution changes color.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • In patients with asthma, long-acting puffers (inhalers) raised asthma-related deaths. Talk with the doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to arformoterol or any other part of this drug.
    • If you are having a breathing attack.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are not using other asthma drugs. This drug must be used with a long-term asthma-control drug like a breathed in steroid.

    Precautions

    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • Do not use this drug to treat an asthma attack.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have an overactive thyroid, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Back pain.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Headache.
    • Loose stools.
    • Mouth irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help.
    • Muscle pain.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
    • Peak flow measurement low.
    • Use of short-acting puffer (inhaler) more often.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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