What is Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) used for?
Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) is an inhalable corticosteroid prescribed to treat patients suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). The medication operates by reducing swelling and inflammation of the airways allowing easier respiration and preventing asthma attacks from occurring. It should be noted that this medication is only meant to be used as a preventative treatment and should not be used in the case of an asthma attack. Always keep an emergency inhaler on hand for such a case. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol)?
Always use Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. One dose is normally administered one to four times each day, but the best dosage and frequency of administration will be based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. To use the medicine remove the cap from the inhaler, securely put your lips over the mouthpiece, and inhale gently while pressing down on the canister to dispense the solution. Hold your breath for ten seconds after each application to allow time for the medication to be absorbed into the lungs. If you have not used the medication for over a week you may need to prime the inhaler by pointing it away from your face and pressing the canister until one spray is dispensed. Make sure to ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication before beginning use to prevent unexpected problems.
What are the side effects of Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol)?
Some patients using Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are depression, sensitive skin, rashes, glaucoma, osteoporosis, increased susceptibility to infection, or Cushing's syndrome. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent more problems from occurring.
Before beginning the use of Foracort (Budesonide/Formoterol), inform your physician if you have tuberculosis, any infections affecting the airways, liver problems, or if you are suffering from a cold or chest infection. These conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring reduced dosages or other adjustments to your regimen.
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.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.