Foradil Aerolizer

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    Brand Name:Foradil Aerolizer
    Generic:Formoterol Fumarate
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-02-16 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This drug is available in the following forms:
Powder, Inhalation
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Foradil Aerolizer

Foradil Aerolizer is a medicine called a “long-acting beta-agonist” and is a long-acting bronchodilator medicine. Bronchodilator medicines help to relax the muscles around the airways in your lungs. Wheezing happens when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe. In severe cases, wheezing can stop your breathing and cause death if not treated right away.

Foradil Aerolizer does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a short-acting bronchodilator medicine with you to treat sudden breathing problems.

Foradil Aerolizer is used for:

Foradil Aerolizer is used long-term, twice-a-day, to control and prevent symptoms of asthma in adults and children ages 5 and older.

  • Because LABA medicines such as Foradil Aerolizer may increase the chance of death from asthma problems, it is not for adults and children with asthma who:
    • are well controlled with other asthma-controller medicines such as low-to-medium doses of inhaled corticosteroids
    • need only short-acting bronchodilators once in awhile

Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm (EIB)
Foradil Aerolizer is used to prevent wheezing (bronchospasm) during exercise in adults and children 5 years of age and older.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Foradil Aerolizer is used long-term, twice-a-day in controlling wheezing (bronchospasm) in adults with COPD.

Side Effects of Foradil Aerolizer

Foradil Aerolizer may worsen your breathing problems.Long-acting beta-adrenergic agonists, such as formoterol, the active ingredient in Foradil Aerolizer, may increase the chance of death from asthma problems in some people. The package insert (labeling) for Foradil Aerolizer has been revised to include a Medication Guide (FDA-approved patient information) which contains information about these risks (see

Other possible side effects with Foradil Aerolizer include:

  • allergic reactions including, rash, hives, and swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
  • increased blood pressure
  • fast and irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • headache
  • tremor
  • nervousness
  • dry mouth
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • dizziness, tiredness
  • low blood potassium
  • high blood sugar
  • trouble sleeping

Tell your healthcare professional about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Interactions with Foradil Aerolizer

Foradil Aerolizer and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

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