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Foradil Inhaler is used to treat certain inflammatory lung conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions are known for severely limiting lung function with wheezing, coughing, and chest heaviness as their most common symptoms. Generally, these conditions develop when inflammation-causing chemicals block the airways and prevent proper breathing. Foradil Inhaler will not stop an asthma attack in progress, so talk to your doctor about a rescue inhaler.
Foradil Inhaler is a long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist or LABA that is usually prescribed for those with impaired lung function, in adjunct to a fast-acting corticosteroid drug. The Foradil Inhaler delivers the medication directly into your lungs to cause bronchodilation by relaxing the smooth muscle in your airway and helps prevent your wheezing and coughing.
The generic alternative to Foradil Inhaler is called Formoterol Fumarate and both generic and brand can provide relief for up to twelve hours. Foradil Inhaler is not a cure for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but it can help to lessen the number and severity of attacks you have. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand name product.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes difficulty breathing. It is caused by inflamed and constricted airways brought on by an allergic reaction or an environmental trigger. Asthma is potentially life-threatening, but is controllable. Some of the most common known allergens that may trigger asthma include pollens, mold, dust, animal dander and tobacco. Avoiding known triggers is one of the most important ways you can manage asthma.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, sputum production and wheezing. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions. Smoking is the major cause of chronic bronchitis and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. COPD is treatable but there is no cure. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve good symptom control and quality of life, as well as a reduced risk of other associated conditions.
It is important for your doctor to assess your entire health history before you start using Foradil Inhaler. In particular, you should advise whether you have epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. List any current OTC and Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal and vitamin supplements to determine if Foradil Inhaler is right for you.
If you find that you are using Foradil Inhaler more often than recommended, see your doctor as you may need to change your Rx or dosage. Keep all meds out of children’s reach and do not share with others.