Brovana Uses

Brovana is used for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. It is a long-acting bronchodilator that opens up the airways to make it easier to breathe. Brovana is not a "rescue" inhaler but is used twice a day, every day to prevent symptoms. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Brovana uses, such as for treating asthma or breathing problems other than COPD.

What Is Brovana Used For?

Brovana® (arformoterol tartrate) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (more commonly known as COPD). It belongs to a class of asthma and COPD medications known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. Although some COPD medications can be taken with a standard inhaler, Brovana must be used in a nebulizer, a special device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs. You must purchase or rent a nebulizer separately.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it difficult to breathe. In COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause of COPD, there are other possible causes of COPD. Common COPD symptoms may include:
  • Cough
  • Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
  • Sputum (mucus) production
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
  • Chest tightness.
Depending on the severity of your COPD, your healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications as part of your COPD treatment, including:
  • Bronchodilators (including short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators)
  • Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
  • A yearly flu shot
  • A pneumococcal vaccine.
Lifestyle changes are also recommended (see Living With COPD and COPD Rehabilitation). Brovana is a long-acting bronchodilator, which means that it helps open up the airways. It is used twice a day, every day to help prevent symptoms. It is not used as a "rescue" medication.
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