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Formoterol fumarate (Foradil®), which is available only with a prescription, is a drug used to prevent airway spasms (called bronchospasms) caused by asthma. It is also approved to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Formoterol is inhaled into the lungs, usually twice a day. It is a "controller medication" and is not intended to treat an asthma attack once it starts -- therefore, you should also have a rescue medication available for use in emergency situations.
Formoterol is also approved to prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
(Click What Is Formoterol Used For? to learn more about using this drug for COPD and asthma. This article offers details on how this drug works to keep these conditions under control and lists the age groups for which it is intended.)
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