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ARFORMOTEROL (AR for MOE ter ol) is a slow-acting bronchodilator. It helps to open up the airways of your lungs. This medicine is used to treat COPD. It should not be used alone for asthma. Do NOT use for an acute asthma attack. Do NOT use for a COPD attack.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
have asthma and are not taking any other asthma medicine
heart disease or irregular heartbeat
high blood pressure
an unusual or allergic reaction to arformoterol, other medicines, food, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol so that you can breathe it in through your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for colds
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid
some heart medicines
steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. This medicine may increase the possibility of dying from breathing problems. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours. NEVER use this medicine for an acute bronchospasm.
If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue
difficulty breathing or wheezing that increases or does not go away
dizziness or fainting
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Ideally, store in the refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F) before use. Keep this medicine in the foil pouches until you are ready to use. The medicine should be clear. Do not use any discolored solution. You may store this medicine at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F) for up to 6 weeks. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.