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Formoterol (Generic)
What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.

Formoterol Formoterol

Generic Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Formoterol 12mcg Inhaler (Generic)

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Uses

Generic Formoterol inhalation is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airways disease, including symptoms of night-time asthma. It is also used in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

How to take

Use only the prescribed dose of this medication, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using Generic Formoterol.

Do not use Generic Formoterol to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication.

Asthma is often treated with a combination of different drugs. If you use Generic Formoterol to treat asthma, you must use it together with another asthma control medication. Use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor if your medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. This device is not to be used with a spacer. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, headache, or restless feeling;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medication;
  • increased thirst or hunger, urinating more than usual; or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, anxiety, headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • back pain, muscle cramps;
  • sore throat, dry mouth, cough, stuffy nose;
  • skin rash, itching; or
  • changes in your voice.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precaution

Do not use a second form of Generic Formoterol (such as Generic Symbicort) or use a similar other long-acting inhaled bronchodilator such as Generic Salmeterol (Advair, Serevent) or arGeneric Formoterol (Brovana) unless your doctor has told you to.

Drug interactions

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • cisapride (Propulsid);
  • droperidol (Inapsine);
  • methadone (Methadose);
  • pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam);
  • aminophylline (Phyllocontin, Truphylline) or theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron, Uniphyl);
  • a diuretic (water pill);
  • caffeine, diet pills, cold medicine, or a stimulant medication;
  • an antibiotic such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), or telithromycin (Ketek);
  • medicines to treat psychiatric disorder, such as pimozide (Orap), haloperidol (Haldol), or thioridazine (Mellaril);
  • heart rhythm medicine such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), disopyramide (Norpace), dronedarone (Multaq), ibutilide (Corvert), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), propafenone (Rythmol), quinidine (Quin-G), or sotalol (Betapace);
  • a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others;
  • an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others; or
  • an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Formoterol.

Missed dose

Use the medication as soon as you remember, then wait 12 hours before using the medication again. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and heat.

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