Healthcare providers prescribe Foradil® (formoterol fumarate) to help prevent airway spasms (called bronchospasms) caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Foradil is also approved to prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
Although Foradil comes in capsule form, these capsules should never be swallowed. They are used in the Foradil Aerolizer®. This device punctures the capsule, and then the powder is inhaled using your own breath. The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will depend on whether you take this drug on a regular basis or if you only take it when needed to prevent exercise-induced asthma.
Common side effects of Foradil include:
- Chest pain
(Click Foradil for a closer look at this drug, including effectiveness, proper storage, and symptoms that may occur as a result of an overdose.)