What is Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) used for?
Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It contains the active ingredients budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a type of corticosteroid that works by decreasing inflammation in the lungs. Formoterol is a type of medication known as a bronchodilator, which works by helping the airways to open, thereby making breathing easier. This medication is not suitable for relieving sudden asthma attacks.
How should I use Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol)?
Patients using Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) should first prime the inhaler if using it for the first time. It is also important to shake the inhaler well before each use. After shaking it, the inhaler may be inserted into the mouth, and the medication inhaled. Patients are sometimes directed to administer this medication twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, usually 12 hours apart. It is important to consult your physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed and proper instructions on its usage given. Patients should be aware that it may take up to 2 weeks for the full benefits of this drug to be noticed.
What are the side effects of Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol)?
Some side effects may occur as a result of using Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol), such as:
You should immediately consult your physician if any of the above mentioned side effects persist or worsen, or if any other more serious side effects occur, such as chest pain, a fast pounding heartbeat, tremors, anxiety, changes in vision, white sores inside the mouth or fever.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This medication is not a quick relief inhaler. Your physician may prescribe additional medication for use in case of a sudden asthma attack.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.