What is Foracort® Inhaler?
Foracort inhaler is manufactured by combining two medications formoterol and budesonide. This inhaler is mainly manufactured targeting asthma and COPD patients. Asthma is a common, chronic respiratory condition where the airways become narrowed due to the swelling of the airways and accumulation of excess secretions within the airways. COPD is caused mainly by the cooperation of two lug conditions called emphysema and bronchitis. The bronchial airways get narrowed due to inflammation and secretions get trapped within the bronchioles leading to breathing difficulties.
Budesonide belongs to the drug class of corticosteroids and formoterol is a long-acting agonist and acts as a bronchodilator too. Corticosteroids can suppress inflammation and irritation. So the inhalation of budesonide will help the medication trap directly with the inflamed airways. Therefore the inflammation is suppressed by controlling the release of chemicals that are accountable for the inflammation process. Other than that corticosteroids can alleviate allergic symptoms. The consumer can get rid of runny nose, sneezing and can release blockages within the sinuses.
Formoterol binds with the beta receptors within the airways and agonists the beta receptors resulting in bronchodilator and relaxation of the airways. So the above actions of the drug help in symptom relief within asthma and COPD patients.
- Take the inhaler although the symptoms disappear, discuss with the doctor to make changes I the doses
- Try to consume a healthy diet and practice regular exercises to improve the strength of the chest muscles.
- Avoid foods that trigger the asthma symptoms such as beans, garlic, onion, dried fruits, wine, and bottled lemon.
- Try muscle relaxation techniques and avoid risk factors that alleviate asthma attacks.
- Avoid smoking as smoking reduce the effectiveness of the drug.
Precautions when using Formoterol + Budesonide Inhaler
- Breastfeeding and pregnant mothers should take advice from their physician before using a Foracort inhaler.
- Check your serum potassium levels regularly.
- If the consumer has an allergy history for lactose or any ingredient, remember to tell to your doctor.
- Be cautious if the side effects get worsen
- Limit visiting hospitals, funerals, or meeting patients with acute infections. As corticosteroids can suppress immunity, it is very easy for infections to enter the body.
- Inform your physician if you suffer from underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, Thyroid gland issues, and adrenal gland problems.
- The drug interaction with alcohol is still unknown, so avoid consuming alcohol and formoterol inhalers together.
- Avoid using 6puffs at once and 12 puffs per day.
How to use Formoterol + Budesonide Inhaler
- Check the label and doctor’s advice before using.
- Shake the inhaler before using it.
- Practice using the inhaler at the same time each day you use, it helps in maintaining a constant level of medications within the body.
- Exhale the airway as needed
- Press the canister to the oral cavity and hold your breath for around 10s and inhale.
- Repeat the doses as prescribed.
- Remember to gargle the mouth and throat with water after usage.
- Replace the inhaler in a cool dry place.
- There are few side effects where you do not require any medical referrals. If they last longer and get worse with time, remember to consult your doctor.
- Sore throat with fungal infections of the mouth. This can be minimized by washing the mouth after the use of an inhaler.
- Mild headache
- Upper respiratory tract infections.
- Pain around the back region
- Elevation of heart rate