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PERFOROMIST® (formoterol fumarate) is taken twice daily, once in the morning and again in the evening, for up to 12 hours of relief. This step-by-step guide offers detailed instructions on how to use PERFOROMIST.
PERFOROMIST is used only in a standard jet nebulizer. Make sure you know how to use your nebulizer before you use it to breathe in PERFOROMIST.
Do not mix PERFOROMIST with other medicines in your nebulizer.
PERFOROMIST comes in a sealed foil pouch. Do not open a sealed pouch until you are ready to use a dose of PERFOROMIST.
Remove the vial from the foil pouch..
Twist the cap completely off the vial and squeeze all the medicine into the nebulizer medicine cup (reservoir).
Connect the nebulizer reservoir to the mouthpiece or facemask.
Connect the nebulizer to the compressor.
Sit in a comfortable, upright position. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth or put on the facemask. Then turn on the compressor.
Breathe as calmly, deeply and evenly as possible through your mouth until no more mist is formed in the nebulizer reservoir. The average nebulization time is 9 minutes. At this point, the treatment is finished.
Discard the PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution container and top after use.
Clean the nebulizer (see manufacturer’s instructions). In addition, see our guide on cleaning your nebulizer.
Keep in Mind
PERFOROMIST starts working in as soon as 5 minutes.
- PERFOROMIST is not indicated to be used as rescue medication.
Average nebulization time is 9 minutes.
Don’t mix PERFOROMIST with other medicines in your nebulizer machine.
Open the sealed pouch of PERFOROMIST only when you’re ready to use it.
Remember to use only a standard jet nebulizer machine connected to an air compressor. Be sure to read the directions for your nebulizer before use.
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Important Safety Information
PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution is used long term, twice a day (morning and evening), in controlling symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults with COPD. PERFOROMIST is for inhalation use only through a standard jet nebulizer connected to an air compressor and should not be swallowed or injected.
People with asthma who take long-acting beta2 adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines such as PERFOROMIST have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether LABA medicines, such as PERFOROMIST, increase the risk of death in people with COPD. Get emergency medical care if breathing problems worsen quickly, or you use your rescue inhaler medicine but it does not relieve your breathing problems
Important Safety Information
PERFOROMIST should not be used in children.
PERFOROMIST is not for use to treat sudden symptoms of COPD and should not be used more than twice a day. Always have a short-acting beta2-agonist with you to treat sudden symptoms.
Tell your healthcare professional about all of your health conditions, including if you:
- have heart problems
- have high blood pressure
- have diabetes
- have seizures
- have thyroid problems
- have liver problems
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution can harm an unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding. It is not known if PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution passes into breast milk and if it can harm your baby.
Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. PERFOROMIST and certain medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects.
PERFOROMIST can cause serious side effects including:
- Increased risk of death from asthma problems (See Boxed Warning above)
- Sudden shortness of breath immediately after use of PERFOROMIST
- Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems. Call your healthcare professional or get emergency medical care if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
- Chest pain
- Increased or decreased blood pressure
- A fast and irregular heartbeat
- Low blood potassium
- High blood sugar
- High blood acid
The most common side effects of PERFOROMIST include:
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- If your COPD symptoms worsen over time do not increase your dose of PERFOROMIST, instead call your healthcare professional.