Aerobid is a medication that is used for the prevention of asthma attacks. It comes in a metered-dose inhaler and is generally used twice a day. Side effects of Aerobid inhalers can include a sore throat, headaches, and nausea. A few of the conditions that you should let your healthcare provider know about before you use this medication include eczema (or atopic dermatitis); tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections; and glaucoma or cataracts.
(Click Aerobid Uses for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses of the medication.)
Aerobid inhalers will not be made, dispensed, or sold in the United States after June 30, 2011. Aerobid contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set this final date for the medication in order to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. People taking Aerobid should ask their healthcare providers about alternatives to Aerobid, keeping in mind that it is possible that Aerobid may become unavailable in pharmacies earlier than the final date.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Aerobid and Aerobid-M [package insert]. St. Louis, MO: Forest Laboratories, Inc.;2002 March.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 24, 2007.
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Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Asthma and COPD inhalers that contain ozone-depleting CFCs to be phased out; alternative treatments available (4/13/2010). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm208302.htm. Accessed April 16, 2010.
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