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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Arformoterol Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(ar for MOE ter ol)

U.S. Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist; Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist, Long-Acting

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• In patients with asthma, long-acting inhalers may increase asthma-related deaths. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to arformoterol or any other part of this medicine.

• If you are having a breathing attack.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Arformoterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and improve oxygen delivery.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider. Do not use more than the maximum recommended daily dose.

• For inhaling as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.

• Do not use this medicine more than two times in a day. Separate doses by about 12 hours.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Use of a short-acting bronchodilator.

• Monitor asthma with peak flow meter.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• May store unopened containers at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused containers after 6 weeks.

• Use right after opening.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from heat.

• Do not use if solution changes color.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2007-01-18 11:16:29.0

Modified: 2010-06-17 08:49:39.0

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