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Formoterol (Foradil) Drug for Asthma: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Formoterol
(Foradil, United States and Canada)

More drugs used for Asthma.

Use:

Formoterol or Foradil is used in asthma to improve breathing.

How It Works:

Formoterol or Foradil is a long acting beta agonist that is inhaled. It is a bronchodilator which opens airways. It's duration of action is about 12 hours, and is intended to be used regularly to prevent breathing problems.

Side Effects:

Formoterol or Foradil can affect the cardiovascular system, especially in high doses.

Cautions for People:

Formoterol or Foradil can affect blood glucose levels, and thus people with diabetes should use it carefully. It is not intended for use by pregnant individuals.

Drug Interactions:

Formoterol or Foradil given with other beta agonists can increase the cardiovascular side effects. Mono amine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants can also increase Formoterol or Foradil's cardiovascular side effects.

Further Reading:

Drugs 1991;42:115
Allergy 1995;50:657

Added to Virtual Drugstore December 1997.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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