Foradil Aerolizer

Generic Name: Formoterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Foradil Aerolizer is a medicine used to treat asthma and airway narrowing associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the air passages within the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath). Foradil Aerolizer is also used to prevent wheezing caused by exercise.

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

    How does this medication work?

    Foradil Aerolizer 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: Foradil Aerolizer may improve your lung function and help you breathe better. It may also help you breathe better while exercising.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Foradil Aerolizer 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 Foradil Aerolizer. 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 Foradil Aerolizer, 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 Foradil Aerolizer. 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: infection, bronchitis, shortness of breath, chest pain, shaking, dizziness, trouble sleeping, inflammation of the tonsils, rash, difficulty speaking, difficulty breathing.


    More common side effects may include: upper respiratory infection, back pain, sore throat, chest pain, sinus pain and congestion, fever, leg or muscle cramps, anxiety, itching, increased mucus, dry mouth.

    Less common side effects of Foradil Aerolizer may include: Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing.

    Effects on your heart or nervous system with symptoms such as increased blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, shaking, seizures, or nervousness.

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

    Foradil Aerolizer may also cause low blood potassium levels.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Foradil Aerolizer if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to milk proteins.

    Do not use Foradil Aerolizer to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma (such as an asthma attack) or COPD.

    Do not use Foradil Aerolizer 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 Foradil Aerolizer. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, high blood pressure, seizures, 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 and children ≥5 years: The usual dose is 1 inhalation every 12 hours.


    Adults: The usual dose is 1 inhalation every 12 hours.

    Prevention of Exercise-Induced Wheezing

    Adults and children ≥5 years: The usual dose is 1 inhalation at least 15 minutes before exercise. Do not use more often than every 12 hours.

    Do not use extra Foradil Aerolizer before exercise if you already use it twice a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

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

    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 swallow Foradil Aerolizer capsules. The capsules should only be used with the Aerolizer inhaler that comes with Foradil Aerolizer.

    Do not use a spacer device with Foradil Aerolizer.

    Do not breathe into Foradil Aerolizer.

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

    If Foradil Aerolizer is taken 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 Foradil Aerolizer with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol or atenolol), certain antidepressants (such as phenelzine or nortriptyline), 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 Foradil Aerolizer 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 Foradil Aerolizer, skip that dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from heat and moisture.

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