Brovana

Generic Name: Arformoterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Brovana is a medicine used to treat airway narrowing associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the air passages within the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath).

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Brovana works by relaxing the muscles in your airways.

    This medication is not used for emergency or immediate treatment of symptoms of airway narrowing. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Brovana has been shown to improve your lung function and help you breathe more easily.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Brovana exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Brovana. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    If you have asthma and use Brovana, you can have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. Tell your healthcare provider if your breathing problems worsen over time while you are using Brovana. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your symptoms.

    More common side effects may include: pain, chest pain, back pain, diarrhea, sinus pain and congestion, leg cramps, shortness of breath, rash, flu-like symptoms, leg swelling, lung problems.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing.

    Heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure.

    Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as hives, rash, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, mouth, or tongue.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Brovana if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to a similar medicine called formoterol.

    Do not use Brovana to treat your asthma without an asthma medicine known as an inhaled corticosteroid (medicine that helps treat inflammation).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Brovana. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, liver, or thyroid problems; seizures; high blood pressure; or diabetes.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 1 ready-to-use vial twice a day (morning and evening, about 12 hours apart) via a nebulizer.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Brovana exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Brovana is used with a special breathing machine called a nebulizer. Do not mix other medicines with Brovana in the nebulizer.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your nebulizer.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not swallow or inject Brovana inhalation solution.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Brovana is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Brovana with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as atenolol or propranolol), certain antidepressant medications (such as amitriptyline or phenelzine), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), medicines that affect your heart rhythm (such as quinidine), other similar medicines (such as salmeterol), theophylline, or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Brovana during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Brovana, skip that dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store in the refrigerator. Protect from light and heat.

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