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How can I minimize the side effects of Brovana?

To minimize potential side effects of Brovana (arformoterol), a drug prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):
  • Take Brovana exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not increase the dose or take the drug more or less often than you're instructed. Follow your doctor's instructions for using a nebulizer (a machine that turns liquid Brovana into a mist) to help you inhale Brovana. Do not swallow or inject the drug.
  • Do not mix other medications in the nebulizer with Brovana.
  • Do not take Brovana to treat asthma. Doing so could raise your risk of potentially life-threatening side effects.
  • Do not use Brovana to treat sudden flares of COPD. It is meant to be used as a maintenance drug to keep your airways relaxed and to help you breathe more easily. It will not work well as an emergency medicine for an acute attack of COPD symptoms.
  • Do not use other long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) drugs (such as salmeterol, formoterol or bambuterol) when you take Brovana.
  • Continue to take Brovana according to your doctor's guidelines even if you start to feel better. Do not stop taking the drug without talking to your doctor first.
  • Keep your medical appointments so that your doctor can monitor you closely while you are taking Brovana.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you do develop side effects while using Brovana -- especially fast or pounding heartbeat; chest pain; trouble breathing or swallowing; hives or skin rash; or swelling of your eyes, face, tongue, lips, mouth, hands, lower legs, ankles or feet.

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