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Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

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Foracort 200mcg Inhaler is a combination medicine used to relieve symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, breathing difficulties, coughing, etc. caused by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 12 years of age. This medicine is used only for the maintenance treatment of asthma and COPD and is not useful for treating an acute attack.

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Description

Foracort Inhaler 200 is used to relieve symptoms of asthma and COPD like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, etc. It is a combination of two medicines - formoterol and budesonide.

It should be used as prescribed and not discontinued unless advised by your doctor, as a sudden stoppage can cause the disease to worsen. Consult your doctor if you observe any white patches in your mouth or experience any discomfort or new symptoms on the consumption of the medicine.

Uses of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

Foracort Inhaler 200 is used in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to relieve symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, breathing difficulty, chest tightness.

Contraindications of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

  • If you are known to be allergic to any components or excipients of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler.
  • If you are suffering from acute breathlessness as seen in a severe attack of asthma or COPD or cases of a collapsed airway.

Side effects of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

  • Headache
  • Fungal infection in the mouth
  • Fits
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Respiratory tract infections

Precautions and Warnings of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

Pregnancy

Q:Can I use Foracort Inhaler 200 during pregnancy?
A:There is limited information about the effects of this medicine on human pregnancy. You will be prescribed this medicine by your doctor only if it is essential and benefits over-weighs risks.

Breast Feeding

Q:Can I use Foracort Inhaler 200 while breastfeeding?
A:As this medicine passes into breast milk, you should consult your doctor before using this while breastfeeding.

Driving

Q:Can I drive if I have used Foracort Inhaler 200?
A:This medicine has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Alcohol

Q:Can I consume alcohol with Foracort Inhaler 200?
A:There is no known interaction of alcohol with Foracort inhaler. However it is adviced to avoid consuming alcohol while on treatment with this medicine, as it may worsen your condition.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if:
  • You have any kind of pre-existing health condition such as thyroid problems, fits, diabetes, liver problems or weak bones, high blood pressure, heart-related disorder etc.
  • Your asthma condition is suddenly worsening.
  • You feel that the treatment is ineffective.
  • You are on any medicines that suppress immunity; there is an increased chance of developing infections. Necessary vaccinations and care should be taken to avoid this.
  • Orally inhaled steroidal medicines may cause growth retardation in children. Hence, growth monitoring is recommended.
  • Keep taking this medicine as prescribed, even if your symptoms go away. Your doctor will reduce your dose when required.
  • Abruptly stopping the medicine can be dangerous and should be strictly avoided.

Mode of Action of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

How Does It Work?

  • Foracort Inhaler 200 works by the combined action of Formoterol and Budesonide.
  • Budesonide is a corticosteroid medicine, which on inhalation reduces inflammation in the airways in a dose-dependent manner, thus reduces the chances of worsening asthma.
  • Formoterol acts on the muscles in the airway tract. In the presence of inflammation (like in asthma), these muscles lead to constriction of the airway and causing breathlessness.
  • Formoterol relaxes these muscles, facilitating the opening of the airway and thus relieving breathlessness.

Directions for Use of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

  • Use this medicine as recommended by your doctor. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • Read the instructions on the label or leaflet before use.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each use to prevent infection in the mouth and throat.

Interactions of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

Interactions with other medicines

  • Foracort Inhaler 200 and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
  • Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take antifungals, medicines used to treat mood disorders and diuretic medicines.
  • Medicines such as Cardiac glycosides used for treating heart failure and irregular heartbeats should be used with caution with the Foracort Inhaler 200 as it can lead to low potassium levels and irregular heart rhythm.
  • Other medicines that should be used with caution are blood pressure-lowering medicines and medicines for certain eye conditions. If you are not sure which are these medicines, ask your doctor.

Storage and disposal of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

  • Store below 30°C in a cool and dry place, protected from direct sunlight, moisture, and heat.
  • Keep it away from children and pets.
  • Do not use expired or damaged medicines.

Dosage of Foracort 200mcg Inhaler

Overdose

Symptoms of overdose are headache, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, increased heartbeats, increased blood glucose, low potassium levels, and change in the heart's rhythm. Consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms or think may have taken too much of this medicine.

Missed a Dose

If you miss any dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dose schedule. Do not take a double dose of this medicine to compensate for the missed one.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does Foracort Inhaler 200 contain steroids?
A: This medicine contains two medicines - Formoterol and Budesonide of which, Budesonide is a steroid.

Q: Is it safe during pregnancy?
A: There is limited information about the safety of Foracort Inhaler 200 during pregnancy. However, your doctor may give you this medicine only if it is needed and the advantage over-weighs the risk. You should always consult a doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy.

Q: Is Foracort Inhaler 200 a reliever or controller?
A: It can be used both as a controller as well as a reliever medication.

Q: How often can I take Foracort Inhaler 200?
A: Foracort Inhaler 200 should be used in recommended maintenance dose prescribed by the doctor. It is also advised to always keep the Foracort Inhaler 200 or rescue inhaler readily available for use.

Q: Is Foracort Inhaler 200 addictive?
A: Foracort Inhaler 200 is not at all addictive. It is an effective and useful medicine for people suffering from breathing difficulties due to asthma, allergic bronchitis and exercise-induced shortness of breath.

Q: Does Foracort Inhaler 200 cause fungal infection in mouth or oral thrush?
A: Foracort Inhaler 200 might cause fungal infection or oral thrush sometimes. So it is advised to rinse your mouth with water after every use.

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