What Is Arformoterol Tartrate Used For?

Arformoterol tartrate is used for preventing airway spasms in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is not a "rescue" inhaler but is rather a medication that is taken twice a day to open up the airways. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend the drug off-label for other uses. Off-label arformoterol tartrate uses may include the treatment of asthma and breathing problems other than COPD.

An Overview of Arformoterol Tartrate Uses

Arformoterol tartrate (Brovana®) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (more commonly known as COPD). It belongs to a class of asthma and COPD medications known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. Although some COPD medications can be taken with a standard inhaler, arformoterol tartrate must be used in a nebulizer, a special device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs. You must purchase or rent a nebulizer separately.
 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it difficult to breathe. In COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause of COPD, there are other possible causes of COPD. Common COPD symptoms may include:
 
  • Cough
  • Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
  • Sputum (mucus) production
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
  • Chest tightness.
     
Depending on the severity of your COPD, you healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications as part of your COPD treatment, including:
 
  • Bronchodilators (including short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators)
  • Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
  • A yearly flu shot
  • A pneumococcal vaccine.
     
Lifestyle changes are also recommended (see Living With COPD and COPD Rehabilitation). Arformoterol tartrate is a long-acting bronchodilator, which means that it helps open up the airways. It is used twice a day, every day to help prevent symptoms. It is not used as a "rescue" medication.
 
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