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Mometasone Furoate, Formoterol Fumarate Pressurized inhalation, powder

What is this medicine?

FORMOTEROL; MOMETASONE (for MOH te rol; moe MET a sone) inhalation is a combination of two medicines that decrease inflammation and help to open up the airways in your lungs. It is used to treat asthma. Do NOT use in an acute asthma attack.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • adrenal tumor

  • aneurysm

  • bone problems

  • diabetes

  • glaucoma

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • immune system problems

  • infection

  • seizures

  • thyroid problems

  • worsening asthma

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to formoterol, mometasone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is inhaled through the mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule, spacing doses evenly. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following mediations:

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aminophylline or theophylline

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS

  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, linezolid, and telithromycin

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, or irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for colds

  • certain medicines for depression or emotional conditions

  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole

  • diuretics

  • other medicines for breathing problems

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.

If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma-related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • dizziness or lightheaded

  • fever or chills

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • vision problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • coughing, hoarseness, throat irritation

  • different taste in mouth

  • headache

  • nervousness

  • stomach upset

  • stuffy nose

  • tremor

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Throw away the inhaler after the dose counter reaches 0 or after the expiration date, whichever comes first. Avoid exposure to heat, fire, and flame.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

 

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