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What should I know about Brovana before taking it?

Brovana (arformoterol) is a medicine prescribed for adults to control wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness and other symptoms caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a group of lung problems that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It works by relaxing and opening the air passages.

Brovana comes as a liquid that you put into a nebulizer, a machine that turns the liquid into a mist to be inhaled through a face mask or mouthpiece. It's typically used twice a day, with 12 hours between each dose. It's important to know that Brovana is not meant to treat acute severe flares of COPD or other breathing problems such as asthma: It's a "maintenance" drug intended to help manage symptoms long-term.

Brovana may cause side effects. Before you start taking Brovana, take note of the following symptoms; call your doctor if you develop any of them once you begin treatment:
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • hives or skin rash
  • swelling of your eyes, face, tongue, lips, mouth, hands, lower legs, ankles or feet