Foradil is prescribed to open air passages in the lungs to improve breathing.
Foradil is prescribed to prevent/minimize breathing problems in persons 5 years and older with breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma, bronchospasm).
Foradil is prescribed to prevent exercise-induced breathing difficulties (e.g. exercise-induced bronchospasm, EIB).
This medication is not to be prescribed for an acute asthma attack, nor is it a substitute for inhaled or oral corticosteroids (e.g., beclomethasone, fluticasone, prednisone).
Foradil is prescribed in combination with another controller-type asthma medication (such as inhaled corticosteroids).
Foradil relaxes the muscles in the walls of the airways, allowing them to expand. Taken on a twice-daily basis, it helps to control asthma in people who need regular treatment with short-acting inhalers, including people with nighttime asthma. Regular twice-daily use can also relieve tightening of the airways in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Taken on an as-needed basis, Foradil can also be prescribed to prevent exercise-induced tightening of the airways (also called "exercise-induced asthma") in adults and children 12 years of age and older.
Foradil side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Worsening Of Asthma;
- Upper Respiratory And Viral Infections;
- Unwell Feeling;
- Stomach Upset;
- Sore Throat;
- Runny Nose;
- Muscle Cramps;
- Irregular Heartbeat;
- Increased Sputum;
- Inability To Sleep;
- High Or Low Blood Pressure;
- High Blood Sugar;
- Dry Mouth;
- Difficulty Speaking;
- Difficulty Breathing;
- Chest Pain;
- Chest Infection;
- Back Pain;
- Allergic Reaction;
- Abdominal Pain;
- Dry mouth;
- Trouble sleeping;
If these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects:
- Chest pain;
- Fast breathing;
- Muscle weakness;
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these highly unlikely but very
serious side effects:
- Fast/irregular heartbeat;
In the unlikely event that you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek
medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Trouble breathing;
For the long-term control of asthma in adults and children 5 years of age and older, the recommended dosage is 1 capsule every 12 hours. Do not use more than 2 capsules per day.
PREVENTION OF EXERCISE-INDUCED ASTHMA
For adults and children 12 years of age and older, the recommended dosage is 1 capsule at least 15 minutes before exercise. If a second dose is needed the same day, it must be taken at least 12 hours after the first dose. Do not exceed 2 capsules per day. If you are already taking Foradil on a regular twice-daily basis, do not take additional doses before exercise.
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
The usual dosage is 1 capsule every 12 hours. Do not use more than 2 capsules a day. If your customary dosage fails to provide the usual relief, check with your doctor immediately. Other treatments may have to be added to your regimen.