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What Is Foracort (Budesonide And Formoterol Fumarate)?

Budesonide is a corticoid drug which is anti-inflammatory in action while

Formoterol Fumarate is a bronchodilator which works by relaxing the airways
muscles thus facilitating breathing. This inhalation combination medicine is given
under prescription for asthma prevention; treatment of Degenerating Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and a number of other conditions not
mentioned here. The medication goes by a number of trade names such as
Symbicort, Pulmicort, Fomtide (from Sun Pharma) and Foracort (from Cipla

Formoterol is used for treatment of wheezing, shortness of breath and breathing
difficulties caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) It
is also used to treat bronchospasm (constriction of air passages) in people with
night time asthma. Budesonide is used in the form of an inhaler for the treatment of
asthma. It is also used for prevention and treatment of various allergies of the nose,
throat or the lungs.
How It Works?
Formoterol belongs to a class of medication called long acting beta agonists. It
helps in relaxing the muscles of the air passages, thus widening it and making it
easier to breathe. Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called as
corticost**ds. It works by reducing swelling and inflammation in the nose, throat,
lungs or intestine.
Common Side Effects
Below are the common side effects that may occur when using Foracort Respules.
Please consult your doctor if you observe any of these side effects even in mild
• A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ
• Adolescents
• Anxiety
• Back pain
There may be other side effects, and this is not an exhaustive list. Not every side
effects occur in every person. Please discuss with your medical practitioner for
more information related to the side effects.
Foracort Respules Interactions
Medicine and salt interactions may increase or decrease the activity of Foracort
Respules when taken together with certain other medicines. Foracort Respules
interacts with the following medicines and salts:
• Acetaminophen
• Albuterol
• Alcohol
• Antihistamines
Foracort Respules Contraindications
It is not recommended to consume Foracort Respules if you have the following
diseases, medical or physical conditions:
• Acute infections uncontrolled by antimicrobial chemotherapy
• Allergic
• Asthma attack or taking asthma control medications
• Hypersensitivity
Foracort Respules Precautions
Take the following precautions or be careful about the following while consuming
Foracort Respules:
• Do not take this drug if you are allergic to it
• Don’t stop taking this medicine suddenly
• Eat smaller, more frequent meals and drink plenty of fluids
• Never place a capsule in the mouthpiece of the inhaler
Missed Dose Of Foracort Respules
In case you miss a dose, apply or consume a dose as soon as you notice. If you are
close to the time for your next dose, wait until then and then consume or apply
your medicine. Never consume or use extra medicine to make up for a dosage that
you have missed. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or
asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss
changes in schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed medicines, if you
have missed too many doses in the recent past.
Overdosage Of Foracort Respules
• Never take more medicine than the prescribed dose. Eating more medicine will
not improve your symptoms, rather they may cause poisoning or serious side
effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else may have taken an overdose of
Foracort Respules, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or
nursing home. Carry the medicine box, container or label with you to help doctors
with necessary information.
• Never give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the
same condition or it seems that they have similar conditions. This may lead to
overdosage or medicine poisoning.
• Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more
Storage Of Foracort Respules
• Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not
freeze medicines unless the packaging or storage instructions clearly require you to
do that. Keep medicines away from children and pets to prevent them from
accidental consumption.
• Do not flush medicines down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless
specifically instructed to do so. Medicines discarded in this manner will enter the
natural environment or be consumed by wildlife. This can cause irreparable
environmental damage. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details
on how to safely discard Foracort Respules.
Expert Advice
• Do not use formoterol inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.
• Do not use this drug, if you are allergic to formoterol.
• Never place a capsule in the mouthpiece of the inhaler.
• Consult your doctor before taking formoterol, If you are pregnant, planning to
become pregnant or breast feeding.
• It should be taken as an inhaler or nebulizer after clearly following instructions of
the doctor and the instructions given in the patient information leaflet in the
medication box.
Frequently asked questions
Q.Is formoterol a st**d?
Formoterol belongs to a class of medication called long acting beta agonists. It is
not a st**d; however it is available in combination with st**ds as an inhaler.
Q.How does formoterol work? How long does it take to work and how long does it
stay in the body?
Formoterol belongs to a class of medication called long acting beta agonists. It
helps in relaxing the muscles of the air passages, thus widening it and making it
easier to breathe. Formoterol works best if taken before exercising or heavy work
and another dose should not be taken in the next 12 hours. It is a long acting drug
which is known to be effective for 12 hours in the body.
Q.What form does formoterol come in? What is formoterol fumarate/formoterol
fumarate dihydrate/formoterol and budesonide/formoterol and advair?
Formoterol comes as a powder filled capsule for inhaler and a solution for
nebulizer use. Formoterol fumarate and formoterol fumerate dihydrate are different
formulations of formoterol. Budesonide is a st**d which may be prescribed by the
doctor along with formoterol. Advair is another long acting beta agonist which is
the brand name for salmeterol and fluticasone.
Q. Is formoterol safe?
Formoterol is safe when taken as per the directions of the doctor.
Q. is formoterol banned?
Formoterol is not banned.
Q. Does formoterol cause weight gain?
There are no studies showing that formoterol causes weight gain.
Q. Does formoterol cause death/asthma-related death?
Formoterol may increase risk of asthma-related death. It depends on the condition
and co-morbidities and is individual response.
Q. Should formoterol be taken by pregnant women?
Formoterol should be taken by pregnant women only under the strict instructions
and guidance of a doctor.
Q. Does budesonide inhaler contain st**ds?
Yes. Budesonide inhaler is a st**d drug used mainly to control an asthma attack.
Q. Is budesonide safe?
Yes. Budesonide is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-
effects, please consult your doctor.
Q. Is budesonide same as Pulmicort?
Yes. Pulmicort is a brand name of budesonide.
Q. Are budesonide and albuterol same?
No. Budesonide is different from albuterol which is a beta-receptor agonist drug.
Both are used
to treat asthma.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen/prednisolone/Benadryl with budesonide?
Budesonide can be taken with ibuprofen or Benadryl only if advised by your
doctor. Prednisolone is another st**d medication and generally not taken along
with other st**d like budesonide, so it is advisable to consult your doctor before
taking prednisolone with budesonide.
Q. Does budesonide cause weight loss/weight gain/hair loss/hyperactivity?
Budesonide may cause weight gain but not weight loss, hyperactivity or hair loss
and increased hair growth on face. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult
your doctor.
Q. Does budesonide cure cough? Does it help in croup?
Budesonide can cure cough related to asthma or allergic diseases of nose, throat or
chest. It is not used for croup.
Q. Is budesonide safe for infants?
It is advisable to consult your doctor before giving budesonide to an infant or child.
Q. Can I Take budesonide with food?
Yes. Budesonide can be taken with or without food. However, it should not be
taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
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