Arformoterol (By breathing)
Bronchodilator (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Arformoterol is used to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a long-term lung disease that causes bronchospasm (wheezing or difficulty with breathing).
Arformoterol belongs to the family of medicines known as bronchodilators. Bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. It is taken by inhalation (an inhaler) to help decrease coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing by increasing the flow of air into the lungs.
When used regularly everyday, inhaled arformoterol decreases the number and severity of COPD. However, it will not relieve symptoms of a COPD attack that has already started.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Use the medicine immediately after you open the foil pouch.
Do not swallow or inject the medicine. Only inhale the medicine.
You will use this medicine with an inhaler device called a nebulizer. The nebulizer turns the medicine into a fine mist that you breathe in through your mouth and to your lungs. Your caregiver will show you how to use your nebulizer.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the medicine in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Store the medicine at room temperature or in the refrigerator, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. You can keep the medicine for up to 6 weeks if you store it at room temperature.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how arformoterol works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:A monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor Antibiotics, such as erythromycin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin Asthma medicine, such as aminophylline, theophylline Beta-blocker medicine, such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol Diuretics (water pills), such as furosemide, torsemide, hydrochlorothiazide Medicine to treat mental illness, such as haloperidol, mesoridazine, pimozide, prochlorperazine, quetiapine, thioridazine, ziprasidone Steroid medicine, such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, prednisone Tricyclic antidepressant medicine
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to arformoterol or formoterol.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, liver disease, heart or blood vessel disease, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, a seizure or thyroid disorder, diabetes, or an electrolyte imbalance (such as a low potassium level).
Tell your doctor if you are also using any other medicine for your COPD. Your doctor may want you to use your other medicine only during a severe COPD exacerbation.
Do not use arformoterol if you are having any symptoms of a COPD exacerbation. Your doctor may prescribe another medicine for you to use instead. If the other medicine does not work as well, tell your doctor right away.
If you have asthma, you may have severe asthma attacks when you use arformoterol. Talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have.
Do not use more medicine or use it more often than directed by your doctor. Too much of this medicine may be life-threatening.
This medicine may cause a life-threatening breathing problem called paradoxical bronchospasm.
Do not give this medicine to a child unless your doctor tells you to.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate
Confusion, drowsiness, restlessness, or fast, deep breathing
Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body
Red or black stools, or dark urine
Sudden or severe headache, problems talking or walking
Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
Tremors or nervousness
Unusual tiredness or weakness, trouble sleeping
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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