Foratec Rotacaps 12mcg 30 Capsules/Pack
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Foratec general information
What is Foratec used for?
Foratec Rotacaps are is used for maintenance treatment to manage and relieve symptoms of asthma, like wheezing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath and should be used together with an inhaled anti-inflammatory “preventer” asthma medication to keep the airways open. Foratec is a long-acting bronchodilator and therefore is particularly useful to help manage exercise induced asthma and nocturnal symptoms in asthma (such as night time cough). Foratec Rotacaps are also used to treat and prevent symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for long-term-therapy.
How does Foratec work?
Foratec Rotacaps contain formoterol, a potent selective long-acting beta 2-agonist that acts as a bronchodilator, working on the small airways of the lungs (bronchioles). Formoterol in Foratec Rotacaps binds to the beta 2 receptors in the airways of the lungs and causes the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles to relax, which widens the airways. This reduces bronchospasm (narrowing or constriction of the airways) in conditions where there is reversible airways obstruction, relieving symptoms of asthma such as tightness of the chest, wheezing and shortness of breath. Formoterol in Foratec Rotacaps begins to act rapidly within 1−3 minutes of inhalation and lasts for approximately 12 hours.
What does Foratec contain?
Foratec Rotacaps contain the active ingredient formoterol fumarate, which is a long-acting bronchodilator that relieves bronchospasm, as a dry inhalation powder that is used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each rotacap delivers 12mcg per actuation into your lungs when you inhale.
Treating asthma with Foratec
Foratec Rotacaps contain formoterol, a long-acting bronchodilator that is used to prevent symptoms of bronchospasm (narrowing or constriction of the airways) in asthma and is particularly useful to help manage exercise induced asthma and nocturnal symptoms in asthma (such as night time cough). Formoterol in Foratec is a beta 2 agonist that acts on the small airways of the lungs (bronchioles) and works as bronchodilator by relaxing the muscles to widen the airways. This reduces bronchospasm relieving symptoms of asthma such as tightness of the chest, wheezing and shortness of breath and because it is long-acting Foratec provides relief for up to 12 hours. Foratec Rotacaps are usually combined with an inhaled corticosteroid or “preventer”, which is an anti-inflammatory asthma medication for long-term asthma management.
Foratec for for bronchospasm
Foratec Rotacaps contain formoterol, a long-acting beta 2-agonist that acts as a bronchodilator working on the small airways of the lungs (bronchioles). Formoterol in Foratec binds to the beta 2 receptors in the airways of the lungs and causes the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles to relax, which widens the airways. This reduces bronchospasm (constriction of the airways) relieving symptoms such as tightness of the chest, wheezing and shortness of breath that occur in asthma and other obstructive lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis, for up to 12 hours.
What are the side effects of Foratec?
The most commonly reported side effects when taking Foratec Rotacaps include: headache, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), tremor (shaky or tense feeling), dizziness, palpitations, muscle cramps. A less common but more serious side effect is hypokalaemia, which is low levels of blood potassium.
What is paradoxical bronchospasm?
All inhaled asthma medications can cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which is when the inhaled medication taken to relieve or prevent bronchospasm actually makes it worse, causing wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness of the chest. If this happens you should inform your doctor and take their advice.
When should Foratec not be used?
You should not use Foratec Rotacaps if you:
- are allergic to formoterol or any ingredients in Foratec
- are pregnant or are breastfeeding
- have kidney or liver disease
- have irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) a heart condition like angina, heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, overactive thyroid, without discussion with your doctor
- are using other medication that may interact with Foratec, including beta-blocking agents, such as propranolol or eye drops like timoptol, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors like moclobemide or tricyclic antidepressants for depression, xanthine derivatives like theophylline for asthma, corticosteroids like prednisolone, diuretics like furosemide for water retention, other beta 2 agonists like salbutamol
What medications interact with Foratec?
Several medications interact with Foratec Rotacaps and should either not be taken while you are taking Foratec or only after discussion and instruction from your doctor:
- Drugs that cause a serious reaction or increase side effects with Foratec: monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors like moclobemide or tricyclic antidepressants for depression, xanthine derivatives like theophylline for asthma, corticosteroids like prednisolone, diuretics like furosemide, other beta 2 agonists like salbutamol
- Drugs that affect Foratec: beta-blocking agents, such as propranolol or eye drops like timoptol
How should Foratec be taken?
Foratec Rotacaps contain an inhalation powder and you should inhale the contents of 1 capsule once or twice daily in the morning and/or night, depending on your condition and your doctor’s recommendation. For exercise-induced asthma you should use rotacap, 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Foratec Rotacaps are not for oral use and should not be swallowed. You should only use your Foratec Rotacaps with the Rotahaler (or Revolizer device), which can be bought separately and is especially designed for use with Foratec Rotacaps. Use the instructions you have been given for the Rotahaler device, as follows.
- Open the dust cap and then the mouthpiece by pulling upwards.
- Place one capsule in the chamber and close the mouthpiece until it clicks.
- Press the piercing button once to release the powder when you breathe in.
- Breathe out completely then place the mouthpiece in your mouth and inhale slowly until your lungs are full. You may need to repeat this step until you have inhaled all the powder, but remove the mouthpiece between each breath.
- Remove the capsule and dispose.
- Close the mouthpiece and dust cap
How long should you take Foratec?
You should take your Foratec Rotacaps regularly for as long as is recommended by your doctor. You should not stop taking your Foratec Rotacaps, even if you feel better.
Missed dose of Foratec
If you miss a dose of Foratec take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Foratec be stored?
You should store your Foratec below 25°C in a cool dry place.