Foradil is a prescription drug first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 for maintenance of asthma and prevention of bronchospasms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Foradil is not indicated for acute attacks. Foradil may be referred to by its drug name, Formoterol. Formoterol is also marketed under the brand name Perforomist.
Foradil is a bronchodilator, a drug that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. Foradil is believed to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the airways. Foradil is considered a long-acting bronchodilator.
How do I take it?
Foradil is inhaled orally twice a day. Foradil should be taken at about the same times each day, usually in the morning and evening, 12 hours apart. The effects of Foradil last for 12 hours.
Foradil is prescribed for the long-term treatment of asthma and COPD and the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasms. Foradil comes in capsules containing powder, which must be inhaled using the specialized Aerolizer inhaler. Never swallow Foradil capsules.
Inform your doctor if you drink caffeinated beverages. They may give you special instructions in order to avoid side effects.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Foradil.
If it is used alone, without concomitant use of an inhaled corticosteroid, Foradil raises the risk of asthma-related death.
Common side effects of Foradil include hoarse, dry or irritated throat, upset stomach or stomach pain, diarrhea, heartburn, muscle cramps, coughing, blurred vision, nervousness, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, and shaking in any part of the body.
Inform your doctor if you experience chest tightness or pain, seizures, muscle tightening, fainting, lightheadedness, skin rash, fast heart rate (tachycardia), or worsening asthma symptoms while taking Foradil.
Many drugs can cause allergic reactions which, in the most serious cases, can result in death. Seek immediate medical help if you experience signs of a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling in the face, throat, eyes, lips or tongue.