formoterol fumarate

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Related to formoterol fumarate: budesonide, Salmeterol

formoterol fumarate

Atimos Modulite (UK), Foradil (UK), Foradil Aerolizer, Oxeze (CA), Oxis (UK), Perforomist

Pharmacologic class: Sympathomimetic; long-acting, selective beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist

Therapeutic class: Bronchodilator

Pregnancy risk category C


Stimulates intracellular adenylate cyclase, relaxing bronchial smooth muscle and inhibiting release of mediators of immediate hypersensitivity


Capsules for oral inhalation (used with Aerolizer inhaler): 12 mcg

Indications and dosages

Long-term maintenance of asthma; prevention or long-term maintenance of bronchospasm in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Adults and children ages 5 and older: Contents of 1 capsule inhaled orally via Aerolizer q 12 hours

Acute prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (on occasional, as-needed basis)

Adults and children ages 5 and older: Contents of 1 capsule inhaled orally via Aerolizer at least 15 minutes before start of exercise. Wait 12 hours after initial dose before giving repeat dose.


• Hypersensitivity to drug or its components
• Tachyarrhythmias


Use cautiously in:
• acute asthma symptoms, deteriorating asthma, cardiovascular disorders, seizure disorders, thyrotoxicosis, diabetes, possible hypokalemia
• patients older than age 75
• labor
• pregnant or breastfeeding patients
• children younger than age 5.


• Be aware that drug is not intended for acute asthma attacks.
• Use capsules only with Aerolizer inhaler supplied.
• Keep capsules in blister until immediately before use.

Make sure patient doesn't swallow capsules.

Adverse reactions

CNS: tremor, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety

CV: chest pain

EENT: sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis

GI: dry mouth

Metabolic: hypokalemia, hyperglycemia

Musculoskeletal: muscle cramps, back pain, leg cramps

Respiratory: bronchitis, chest infection, dyspnea, upper respiratory tract infection, increased sputum

Skin: pruritus, rash

Other: dysphonia, viral infection, fever


Drug-drug.Adrenergics: potentiation of formoterol's sympathomimetic effects

Beta-adrenergic blockers: partial or total inhibition of formoterol's effects

Cardiac glycosides, methylxanthines, potassium-wasting diuretics, steroids: potentiation of formoterol's hypokalemic effects, increased risk of arrhythmias

Disopyramide, MAO inhibitors, quinidine, phenothiazines, procainamide, tricyclic antidepressants: prolonged QTc interval, increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias

Halogenated hydrocarbon anesthetics: increased risk of arrhythmias

Levodopa, levothyroxine, oxytocin: impaired cardiac tolerance of formoterol

Drug-diagnostic tests.Blood glucose: increased level

Potassium: decreased level

Drug-behaviors.Alcohol use: impaired cardiac tolerance of formoterol

Patient monitoring

• Monitor pulmonary function test results.
• Monitor potassium and glucose levels.

Patient teaching

• Teach patient how to use capsules and Aerolizer inhaler provided.
• Instruct patient to keep capsules in blisters until immediately before use.
• Caution patient not to swallow capsules.
• Tell patient not to use drug for acute asthma attacks.

Instruct patient to contact prescriber immediately if difficulty in breathing persists after using drug or if condition worsens.
• Caution patient to take drug exactly as prescribed and not to stop therapy even if he feels better.
• Tell patient to consult prescriber if he has been taking inhaled, short-acting drugs on a regular basis.
• Advise female patient to tell prescriber if she is pregnant or breastfeeding or if she plans to become pregnant.
• Caution patient to avoid alcohol during therapy.
• As appropriate, review all other significant adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the drugs, tests, and behaviors mentioned above.

formoterol fumarate

(fôr-mō′tə-rôl′, -rōl′)
A drug used in the treatment of asthma, the prevention of bronchospasm, and the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

formoterol fumarate

a beta-adrenergic agonist used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, maintain and treat asthma, and prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
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