Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Medical conditions: Discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed, if you have any of the following conditions:
- high blood pressure
- heart problems
- herpes simplex (virus) infection of the eye
- liver disease
- low levels of potassium in the blood
- problems with thyroid or adrenal glands
- any other type of untreated infection
Risks of similar medications: The results of a large clinical trial showed an increased risk of asthma-related death in patients who used another long-acting bronchodilator (salmeterol) in addition to their usual asthma therapy when compared to patients who used placebo (an inactive medication) in addition to their usual asthma therapy. Formoterol fumarate dihydrate (one of the active ingredients is this medication) is also a long-acting bronchodilator. It is unknown whether this product would have similar results.
Stopping the medication: This medication contains an inhaled corticosteroid, mometasone furoate. Abruptly stopping inhaled corticosteroids can make asthma worse. Do not stop this medication suddenly. Instead, speak to your doctor about how to stop the medication safely by gradually reducing the dose.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 12 years of age.