Arformoterol

Description

Arformoterol is used for the maintenance treatment of bronchoconstriction in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Arformoterol

  • Swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite

Uses of Arformoterol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 7 to 20 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to arformoterol, formoterol, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Asthma

This medicine is contraindicated in the treatment of asthma without the use of a long-term asthma control medication due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects including death.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.
General warnings

Seizure disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with seizures due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Hypokalemia (low potassium levels)

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood) due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of potassium levels, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Hepatic impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

First-line therapy

This medicine is contraindicated as first-line therapy for asthma due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects including death. It should always be used as concomitant therapy with an inhaled corticosteroid as the primary form of treatment considering the severity of the patient's condition.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Propranolol

Timolol

Sotalol

Carvedilol

Amiodarone

Labetalol

Ribociclib

Disease interactions

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Cardiovascular disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of cardiovascular disorders due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects. Report any symptoms such as a headache, dizziness, change in heart rate, palpitations, shortness of breathing, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of heart function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative might be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes Mellitus

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of diabetes mellitus due to the increased risk of alteration of blood glucose levels. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not use it in larger or smaller quantities or for longer than recommended. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing and opening the blocked air passages leading to the lungs. It improves the amount of air flow to the lungs and makes breathing easier.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Adrenergic bronchodilators

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01274

Arformoterol Oral Inhalation: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 13 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a607061.html

[Internet]. Brovana.com. 2018 [cited 13 December 2018]. Available from:

http://www.brovana.com/brovana-approved-labeling-text.pdf

[Internet]. Fda.gov. 2018 [cited 13 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088566.pdf

DailyMed - Brovana- arformoterol tartrate solution [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 13 December 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=7134ae7c-6c64-470d-ab4e-81e35413b839

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 Jan 2019

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