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Formoterol Fumarate Inhalation powder, capsule

It helps to open up the airways of your lungs

Generic Name: formoterol  |  Brand Name: Perforomist

Brand Names: Perforomist, Foradil Aerolizer

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

  • Possible increase in asthma-related deaths in patients receiving long-acting β2-adrenergic bronchodilators (e.g., salmeterol) in addition to usual asthma therapy.
  • Reserve use of long-acting β2-adrenergic agonists in patients with asthma for those whose disease is inadequately controlled with other anti-asthma therapy (e.g., low-to-medium dosage of inhaled corticosteroids) or whose disease severity warrants treatment with 2 maintenance therapies. (See Increased Risk of Asthma-related Death under Cautions.)

What is this medicine?

FORMOTEROL (for MOH te rol) is a slow-acting bronchodilator. It helps to open up the airways of your lungs. This medicine is used to treat COPD and to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. It is also used to treat asthma in patients taking other asthma control medicines. This medicine should not be used alone for asthma. Do NOT use for an acute asthma attack. Do NOT use for a COPD attack.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • diabetes
  • have asthma and are not taking any other asthma medicine
  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat
  • high blood pressure
  • pheochromocytoma
  • seizures
  • thyroid disease
  • worsening asthma
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to formoterol, milk, other medicines, food, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

The capsules are only for inhalation through an inhaler device. Do NOT swallow the capsules. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use a spacer device. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • caffeine
  • cisapride
  • diuretics
  • furazolidone
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • other medicines for breathing problems
  • pimozide
  • procarbazine
  • risperidone
  • sertindole
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid
  • some heart medicines
  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.

If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine.


Last Updated: July 22, 2010
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