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There are several Foradil warnings and precautions to be aware of, such as the potential danger of taking the medication while pregnant and the possibility of asthma symptoms becoming worse. Tell your healthcare provider if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. Foradil warnings and precautions also extend to those who are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make the medication.
Foradil: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Foradil® (formoterol fumarate) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food (especially milk), 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 of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Foradil Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Foradil include the following:
- In some studies, people taking long-acting beta-adrenergic agonists (such as Foradil) were more likely to have severe asthma attacks. Some of these attacks have even resulted in death. Foradil should not be started in people whose asthma is significantly worsening (or in emergency situations), as this may increase the risk of death. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if your asthma symptoms become worse while taking the drug.
- Foradil is not a fast-acting asthma medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Do not use Foradil to treat an asthma attack. Everyone taking it should also have a rescue medication available at all times. Let your healthcare provider know if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often than usual, as this may be a sign of worsening asthma.
- The medication cannot replace steroids for asthma. If you take a steroid asthma medication, your healthcare provider should not stop or reduce the dose of your steroid medication when you start Foradil.
- Do not take the drug more frequently than prescribed, as this may increase your risk of side effects.
- Foradil capsules should never be swallowed. The contents of the capsules should be inhaled using the Foradil Aerolizer®.
- The medication can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. This may result in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), although low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure that your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if prescribing Foradil in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using the drug, as it may make these conditions worse or increase the risk of side effects.
- Foradil can interact with other medications (see Foradil Drug Interactions).
- Foradil is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug during pregnancy (see Foradil and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Foradil passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking the drug (see Foradil and Breastfeeding).