Brovana (Arformoterol tartrate)
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Arformoterol tartrate Information
(ar'' for moe' ter ol)
- Open the foil pouch by tearing through the rough edge along the edge of the pouch and remove the vial. Look at the solution in the vial to be sure it is colorless. If it is not colorless, call your doctor or pharmacist and do not use the solution.
- Twist off the top of the vial and squeeze all of the liquid into the reservoir of your nebulizer. Do not add any other medications to the nebulizer because it may not be safe to mix them with arformoterol. Use all nebulized medications separately unless your doctor specifically tells you to mix them.
- Connect the nebulizer reservoir to your mouthpiece or facemask.
- Connect the nebulizer to the compressor.
- Sit upright and place the mouthpiece in your mouth or put on the facemask.
- Turn on the compressor.
- Breathe calmly, deeply, and evenly until mist stops forming in the nebulizer. This should take between 5 and 10 minutes.
- Clean the nebulizer according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Before using arformoterol inhalation,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to arformoterol, formoterol (Perforomist, in Bevespi, Dulera, Symbicort), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in arformoterol solution. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor if you use another LABA such as formoterol (Perforomist, in Bevespi Aerosphere, Duaklir Pressair, Dulera, Symbicort), indacaterol (Arcapta), olodaterol (Striverdi Respimat, in Stiolto Respimat), salmeterol (Serevent, in Advair), or vilanterol (in Anoro Ellipta, Breo Ellipta, Trelegy Ellipta). These medications should not be used with arformoterol. Your doctor will tell you which medication you should use and which medication you should stop using.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: aminophylline; amiodarone (Nexterone, Pacerone); antidepressants such as amitriptyline, amoxapine, clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Silenor, Zonalon), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil); beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL, others), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal), and sotalol (Betapace, Sorine, Sotylize, Betapace AF); diet pills; disopyramide (Norpace); diuretics ('water pills'); dofetilide (Tikosyn); epinephrine (Primatene Mist);erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); medications for colds such as phenylephrine (Sudafed PE), and pseudophedrine (Sudafed); monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, including isocarboxazid (Marplan), linezolid (Zyvox), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Emsam, Zelapar), and tranylcypromine (Parnate); moxifloxacin (Avelox);steroids such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Depo-Medrol, Medrol, Solu-Medrol), and prednisone (Rayos); pimozide (Orap); procainamide; quinidine (in Nuedexta); theophylline (Theochron, Theo-24); and thioridazine. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Many other medications may also interact with arformoterol, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list.
- tell your doctor if you have asthma. Your doctor will tell you not to use arformoterol unless you are using it along with an inhaled steroid medication.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had an irregular heartbeat; QT prolongation (an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death); high blood pressure; seizures; diabetes; or heart, liver, or thyroid disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using arformoterol, call your doctor.
- you should know that arformoterol inhalation sometimes causes wheezing and difficulty breathing immediately after it is inhaled. If this happens, call your doctor right away. Do not use arformoterol inhalation again unless your doctor tells you that you should.
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- lack of energy
- not feeling well
- flu symptoms
- swelling of arms or legs
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- pain, especially back pain
- dry mouth
- fast or pounding heartbeat
- chest pain
- swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips, mouth, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- increased difficulty breathing or swallowing