Foradil Certihaler

Generic Name: Formoterol

  • What is Foradil Certihaler?

    Foradil Certihaler is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA). It is used longterm, twice a day, to control symptoms of asthma and prevent symptoms such as wheezing in adults and children ages 5 and older.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Foradil Certihaler?

    LABA medicines such as Foradil Certihaler may increase the chance of death from asthma problems in patients with asthma.

    Foradil Certihaler should not be used to treat sudden symptoms of asthma. Always have a short-acting beta2-agonist medicine with you to treat asthma attacks. If you are not sure that you have an inhaled short-acting beta2-agonist, contact your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.

    Foradil Certihaler is not a substitute for oral or inhaled corticosteroids.

    Foradil Certihaler should not be the only medicine being used for your asthma. Foradil Certihaler should be used as additional therapy if you are not adequately controlled on other asthma medications or if your disease is severe enough to require treatment with two medications.

    Call your healthcare provider if your breathing problems worsen over time while using Foradil Certihaler. You may need different treatment.

  • Who should not take Foradil Certihaler?

    Do not take this medicine to treat asthma without an asthma-controller medicine, such as a low-to-medium dose of an inhaled corticosteroid.

    Foradil Certihaler should not be used in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to formoterol fumarate or to any components of this product, including lactose (milk sugar) or milk protein.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Foradil Certihaler?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Foradil Certihaler. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Foradil Certihaler, any other medicines, or food products. Foradil Certihaler contains lactose (milk sugar) and a small amount of milk proteins. Individuals who have a severe milk protein allergy may have an allergic reaction to Foradil Certihaler.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults and children ≥5 years: The usual dosage is one 10-microgram (mcg) inhalation every 12 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed one inhalation twice daily (20 mcg total).

  • How should I take Foradil Certihaler?

    Use exactly as prescribed. Foradil Certihaler should be administered only by mouth. You must not exhale into the device.

    The total daily dose of Foradil Certihaler should not exceed one inhalation twice daily (20 mcg total). More frequent use or a larger number of inhalations is not recommended.

    Do not change or stop any of your medicines to control or treat your breathing problems. Your healthcare provider will adjust your medicines as needed. Make sure you always have a short-acting beta2-agonist medicine with you. Use it if you have breathing problems between doses of Foradil Certihaler.

    Children should use Foradil Certihaler with an adult's help, as instructed by the child's healthcare provider.

    To use the inhaler: While holding the inhaler level, breathe out (exhale) away from the inhaler, then close your lips firmly over the mouthpiece. Breathe in (inhale) quickly with one fast, deep breath. Hold your breath for at least 5 seconds. Exhale away from the inhaler. Double-check air holes to see if they opened completely. After you have received the dose, close the cap all the way until it clicks shut. The counter will now show you have one less dose left in the inhaler. If the display number did not decrease by one after this step, but you still received your dose of medicine, stop using the inhaler and contact your pharmacist.

    You should never use Foradil Certihaler with a spacer and never exhale into the device. The inhaler should never be washed and should be kept dry.

  • What should I avoid while taking Foradil Certihaler?

    Avoid exposing the Foradil Certihaler to moisture.

    Do not use other LABA medicines while you are using Foradil Certihaler. Other LABA medicines include Foradil Aerolizer, Serevent Diskus, or Advair Diskus, Brovana, or Symbicort.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Foradil Certihaler?

    If Foradil Certihaler is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Foradil Certihaler with the following: beta-blockers such as metoprolol, diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide or furosemide, monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as tranylcypromine, steroids such as prednisone, xanthine derivatives such as theophylline, and tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline.

  • What are the possible side effects of Foradil Certihaler?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: Chest pain, fast and irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, headache, tremor, nervousness, dry mouth, muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, low blood potassium, high blood sugar, high blood acid

    Signs of a serious allergic reaction include: rash; hives; swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, and breathing problems; increased blood pressure; rapid heart rate; chest pain; nervousness

  • Can I receive Foradil Certihaler if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Foradil Certihaler?

    If you miss a dose of Foradil Certihaler, just skip that dose. Take your next dose at your usual time. Never take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Foradil Certihaler?

    Store at room temperature.

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