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Effects of Foradil

The following sections describe the results of clinical studies done on Foradil for asthma and COPD.
In clinical studies, Foradil was shown to improve breathing in adults and children with asthma. The drug also decreased the chance of waking up at night due to asthma. In other studies, when Foradil was given to people who were also taking steroid asthma medications, it further improved asthma symptoms. When taken at least 15 minutes before exercise, Foradil was shown to help prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
In clinical trials, Foradil was given to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People taking the drug showed improved lung function when compared to those not taking it.

When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Foradil include the following:
  • Foradil is inhaled into the lungs, usually twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
  • The medication comes in capsule form, although these capsules should never be swallowed. They are used in the Foradil Aerolizer®. The aerolizer punctures the capsule, and then the powder is inhaled using your own breath.
  • It is important that you learn exactly how to use your Foradil Aerolizer. Make sure your healthcare provider shows you the steps needed to use it properly.
  • Foradil should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood, unless you only take the medication in order to prevent exercised-induced asthma attacks.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Foradil will not work if you stop taking it.
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