Arformoterol

Name: Arformoterol

What Is Arformoterol?

Arformoterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Arformoterol inhalation is used to prevent bronchoconstriction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Arformoterol will not treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun.

Arformoterol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Do not use arformeterol inhalation to treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun.

Call your doctor right away if you feel that this medicine is not working as well as usual, or if you think you need to use more than usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign that your condition is getting worse.

Salmeterol, a medicine similar to arformoterol, has been shown to increase the risk of asthma-related death. It is not known whether arformoterol could cause this same effect in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 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 arformoterol inhalation.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to arformoterol.

Salmeterol, a medicine similar to arformoterol, has been shown to increase the risk of asthma-related death. It is not known whether arformoterol could cause this same effect in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 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 arformoterol inhalation.

To make sure arformoterol inhalation is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, or high blood pressure;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • diabetes;
  • glaucoma;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • liver disease; or
  • a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome.

It is not known whether arformoterol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether arformoterol inhalation passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without your doctor's advice.

Arformoterol Precautions

What is the most important information I should know about arformoterol?

  • People with asthma, who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as arformoterol, have an increased risk of death from asthma problems.
  • It is not known if LABA medicines, such as arformoterol, increase the risk of death in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Get emergency medical care if:
    • breathing problems worsen quickly
    • you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems
    • You experience a sudden shortness of breath immediately after use of arformoterol
  • If your COPD symptoms worsen over time, do not increase your dose of arformoterol; instead, call your healthcare provider.

Arformoterol can cause serious side effects, including:

  • increased blood pressure
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.

Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care right away if:

  • your breathing problems worsen with arformoterol
  • you need to use your rescue inhaler medicine more often than usual
  • your rescue inhaler medicine does not work as well for you at relieving symptoms

Do not use arformoterol if you:

  • have had a serious allergic reaction to arformoterol, formoterol, or any of the ingredients in arformoterol. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • have asthma without using a long-term asthma control medicine.

Arformoterol should not be used in children. It is not known if arformoterol is safe and effective in children.

It is not known if arformoterol is safe and effective in people with asthma.

Inform MD

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • have heart problems
  • have high blood pressure
  • have seizures
  • have thyroid problems
  • have diabetes
  • have liver problems
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if arformoterol can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding. It is not known if arformoterol passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Arformoterol and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects.

Arformoterol Dosage

Take arformoterol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The recommended dose of arformoterol is one 15 mcg unit-dose vial taken twice daily (morning and evening) with a nebulizer. A total daily dose of greater than 30 mcg (15 mcg twice daily) is not recommended.

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What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Arformoterol?

  • If you have an allergy to arformoterol or any other part of arformoterol.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take arformoterol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Arformoterol) best taken?

Use arformoterol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Follow how to take arformoterol as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
  • For breathing in only as a liquid (solution) by a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
  • Do not use this medicine more than 2 times in a day. Space doses by about 12 hours.
  • Do not mix other drugs in nebulizer.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Pronunciation

(ar for MOE ter ol)

Pharmacologic Category

  • Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist
  • Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist, Long-Acting

Use Labeled Indications

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Long-term maintenance treatment of bronchoconstriction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema

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