Perforomist

Generic Name: Formoterol

  • What is Perforomist?

    Perforomist Inhalation Solution is used long term, twice a day (morning and evening) to control symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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

    In patients with asthma, long-acting beta2-agonist medicines may increase the chance of death from asthma. It is not known if they increase the risk of death in patients with COPD. Perforomist does not relieve sudden symptoms.

    Do not use Perforomist more often than prescribed for you.

    Do not stop using Perforomist unless your doctor tells you to.

    Perforomist is not indicated to treat asthma. Get emergency medical care if breathing problems worsen quickly and if your rescue inhaler medicine does not help.

  • Who should not take Perforomist?

    Do not take Perforomist if you have asthma without already using a long-term asthma control medicine or if you are allergic to Perforomist or any of its ingredients.

    It is not known if Perforomist is safe and effective in children.

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

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

  • 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: The usual dosage of Perforomist is one ready-to-use vial twice a day inhaled through a nebulizer. Do not use more than two vials of Perforomist per day.

  • How should I take Perforomist?

    Perforomist is only used in a standardized jet nebulizer machine connected to an air compressor. Make sure you know how to use your nebulizer before you use it with Perforomist.

    Connect the nebulizer to the compressor. Sit in a comfortable, upright position. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth or put on the face mask and turn the compressor on. Breathe in as calmly and deeply as possible through your mouth until no more mist is formed. The average nebulization time is 9 minutes.

  • What should I avoid while taking Perforomist?

    Avoid mixing other medicines with Perforomist in your nebulizer.

    Do not use Perforomist if the solution is not colorless.

    While you are using Perforomist solution two times a day, do not use other medicines that contain a long-acting beta2-agonist for any reason, and do not use short-acting beta2-agonist medicine on a regular basis (four times a day).

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Perforomist?

    If Perforomist is used 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 Perforomist with other long-acting beta2-agonist drugs, adrenergic drugs, diuretics, MAO inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, and steroids.

  • What are the possible side effects of Perforomist?

    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: allergic reactions, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, high blood sugar, high blood acid, low blood potassium, nervousness, tremors

    Signs of severe allergic reactions may include: hives, dry mouth, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat. If any of these events occur, seek immediate medical attention.

  • Can I receive Perforomist if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Perforomist is to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Perforomist?

    If you miss a dose of Perforomist, just skip that dose. Take the next regular dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Perforomist?

    Store in a refrigerator. After 3 months, throw out any unused medication.

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