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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using formoterol inhalation (Foradil Aerolizer, Perforomist)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to formoterol. If you have asthma, formoterol inhalation should not be your only asthma medication. You must use it together with at least one other asthma control medication.
To make sure you can safely use formoterol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
The capsule form of formoterol 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).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether formoterol inhalation will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use formoterol inhalation without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Formoterol should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.
How should I use formoterol inhalation (Foradil Aerolizer, Perforomist)?
Formoterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Use only the prescribed dose of this medication, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using formoterol inhalation.
Do not use formoterol inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication.
Asthma is often treated with a combination of different drugs. If you use formoterol inhalation to treat asthma, you must use it together with another asthma control medication. Use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor if your medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. This device is not to be used with a spacer. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Formoterol capsules are for use only in the Foradil Aerolizer device. Use only one capsule at a time. Do not take the capsules by mouth. Never place a capsule in the mouthpiece of the inhaler.
If you are using formoterol inhalation to prevent exercise-induced asthma, use the medicine 15 minutes before exercising, or as directed by your doctor. Allow at least 12 hours to pass before you use the medicine again.
Use formoterol inhalation regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and heat. Keep each capsule in the blister pack until you are ready to use one. Be sure your hands are dry when handling a formoterol capsule.
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.
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