What Is Mometasone/Formoterol Used For?
If you have asthma, a healthcare provider may prescribe mometasone/formoterol. This medication is specifically designed to control asthma and prevent asthma symptoms in adults and children as young as 12 years old. It works by opening up the airways to the lungs, which helps increase airflow. Using mometasone/formoterol to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one off-label use of the drug.
An Introduction to Mometasone/Formoterol UsesMometasone/formoterol (Dulera®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat asthma. It is used to control asthma and to prevent asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed or swollen.
This inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, they become narrow, decreasing the airflow to your lungs. This is called a bronchospasm.
Bronchospasms cause asthma symptoms, such as:
- Wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Trouble breathing.
While there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks.
Mometasone/formoterol is a controller medication that is used to help prevent asthma attacks. It is not used to treat an attack after it starts. Therefore, everyone who takes mometasone/formoterol should also have a rescue medication (such as an albuterol inhaler) available for emergencies.
(Click Asthma Treatment to learn more about treating asthma.)