What is Foradil?
Foradil (formoterol) is a bronchodilator used in the long term treatment of asthma and/or ongoing lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchodilators can also help remove mucus from your lungs. It can prevent or help minimize wheezing or trouble breathing due to these illnesses and issues. This medication works by relaxing the airways to open up constricted breathing passages. Foradil is also used in treating bronchospasms caused by exercise.
Who is Foradil For?
Foradil (formoterol) is prescribed to those with breathing-related issues such as wheezing, shortness of breath. Namely, those with asthma or COPD benefit from a Foradil prescription.
Asthma is a chronic condition that periodically inflames and consequently constricts the airways of the lungs. The airways swell and the asthmatic person then starts to wheeze and experience chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Symptoms can be anywhere from mild to severe and the frequency of asthma attacks can be anywhere from infrequent to frequent. Anyone can get asthma, though typically, it begins in childhood.
It is advisable for many people with asthma to come up with an asthma plan should an attack come on, it is important to understand what your asthma triggers are and develop a lifestyle around those. The treatment for asthma is done through using long-acting medications such as Foradil, as well as putting short term medications in inhalers should an attack come on. When asthma is left untreated, lung damage can occur through the continued exposure to the symptoms. Fortunately, asthma is highly treatable and many asthmatics go on to live full and quality lives.
How is Foradil Used?
Foradil comes in a capsule, however, the capsule is NOT meant to be taken orally. It is meant to be used in conjunction with an inhaler so that the capsule’s contents can be inhaled. This medication is intended to be taken daily—typically twice daily. It is important to not reuse the inhaler that you have, you should be receiving a new inhaler with every prescription as these devices are not intended for long term usage, hence the replacements. If you experience exercise-induced bronchospasms, you should use the medication with the inhaler about 15 minutes prior to exercise.
Foradil can help prevent COPD attacks but will not stop any currently occurring attack. Doctors prescribe a specific short-acting solution to COPD attack so it is important not to use your Foradil prescription for that.
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