What is this medication and its most common uses?Dulera is a medicine used to treat asthma.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Dulera contains two medicines: mometasone and formoterol. Mometasone works by decreasing inflammation in your lungs, while formoterol works by relaxing muscles in your airways.
This medication is not used for emergency or immediate treatment of symptoms of asthma. 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: Dulera has been shown to improve your lung function, and may help reduce asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Dulera 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 Dulera. 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 Dulera, 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 Dulera. 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: common cold, sinus pain and congestion, headache.
Less common side effects may include:
Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections.
Sudden breathing problems right after inhaling your medicine.
Effects on your heart or nervous system with symptoms such as increased blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, shaking, nervousness.
Weakened bones, especially if you already have a higher risk for low bone density.
Slowed growth in children.
Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.
Decreased blood potassium levels, or increased blood sugar levels.
Fungal infection in your mouth or throat.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Dulera if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not use Dulera to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma (such as an asthma attack).
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 Dulera. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, thyroid, or liver problems; high blood pressure; seizures, diabetes; osteoporosis (thin, weak bones); cataracts or glaucoma; pheochromocytoma (a tumor of the adrenal gland); aneurysm (a balloon-like swelling of a blood vessel); tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs) or any type of infection (including an eye infection); had chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone who has chickenpox or measles; or if you are scheduled for surgery.
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 and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 2 inhalations twice a day (morning and evening). Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate strength for you or your child.
How should I take this medication?Use Dulera exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Shake Dulera well before using it.
After each dose, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. Do not swallow the water.
Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhaler.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Dulera.
Do not puncture or throw the Dulera canister into a fire or incinerator.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Dulera 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 Dulera with the following: atazanavir, blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol), certain antidepressants (such as nortriptyline or phenelzine), clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, theophylline, or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Dulera during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Dulera. 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 Dulera, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature, with the mouthpiece down. Do not store near heat or an open flame.
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