Foradil uses include preventing asthma attacks and treating similar lung problems, such as COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis). Because Foradil is a "controller medication" and is not intended to treat an asthma attack once it starts, people should also have a rescue medication available for emergency situations. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Foradil uses.
Foradil® (formoterol fumarate) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and other similar lung problems. It is part of a class of asthma drugs known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short.
Foradil Uses for Bronchospasms Due to Asthma or COPD
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they narrow and constrict the airflow to your lungs. This is called a bronchospasm and causes asthma symptoms, such as:
- Wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- Tightness in the chest
- Trouble breathing.
While there is no asthma cure, the condition can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks. Foradil is a controller medication, used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes Foradil should also have a rescue medication available (such as an albuterol inhaler) for emergency situations. Foradil is also useful in preventing exercise-induced asthma (see Asthma and Exercise).
Asthma is not the only cause of bronchospasms. Foradil can also treat bronchospasms due to other lung problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.