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To help ensure safe treatment with Brovana, warnings and precautions for the medication should be discussed with a healthcare provider beforehand. It is important to know that Brovana may potentially cause low blood potassium, increase the risk of asthma-related deaths, or worsen bronchospasms. Before using Brovana, you should talk to your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Brovana® (arformoterol tartrate) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Heart disease of any kind, including congestive heart failure
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with Brovana include the following:
- Long-acting beta agonists (such as Brovana) may increase the risk of asthma-related deaths. It is not known whether such medications also increase the risk of COPD-related deaths. It is important to note that Brovana is not approved for asthma treatment.
- Rarely, Brovana can cause a worsening of bronchospasms (spasms of the airways), which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if Brovana makes your symptoms worse.
- Brovana is used twice a day, every day to help prevent COPD symptoms. It is not intended for quick relief of breathing problems (especially in emergency situations). In these instances, a "rescue inhaler" (such as albuterol) should be used, not Brovana.
- Brovana can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. Fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) may occur. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if he or she recommends Brovana in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using Brovana, as Brovana may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
- Brovana can cause low blood potassium (hypokalemia).
- Brovana can interact with other medications (see Brovana Drug Interactions).
- Brovana is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that the drug may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Brovana during pregnancy (see Brovana and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known whether Brovana passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Brovana (see Brovana and Breastfeeding for more information).