Compare Foradil vs. Theophylline

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Controls chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Foradil (formoterol) is good for controlling and preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and requires a jet nebulizer machine.

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  • Foradil (formoterol) works well to control chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can start working in as few as 5 minutes.
  • Taking Foradil (formoterol) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Using a jet nebulizer is easier to use than a handheld inhaler, especially for children.
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  • Depending on your insurance, Foradil (formoterol) can be more expensive than medicines delivered through an inhaler.
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Used for
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
  • Apnea in the newborn; Adjunct Nocturnal asthma
Dosage forms
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
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The Theo-24 (Theophylline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Asthma-related death
  • Worsening signs of COPD
  • Heart effects
    • History of heart disease
    • Abnormal heart rhythm
    • High blood pressure
    • Using Foradil (formoterol) more than prescribed
  • Sudden-onset breathing problems
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