A nebulizer is the small device used to convert twice-daily PERFOROMIST® (formoterol fumarate) from a liquid medication into a fine mist.
After setting up your nebulizer, breathe as calmly, deeply and evenly as possible into the mouthpiece or facemask. The average nebulization time is 9 minutes. You can do it while watching TV, reading email or spending time with family.
Here are some reasons to consider nebulized PERFOROMIST:
Hand-breath coordination is not required.
Normal, calm, deep and even breathing is sufficient.
Nebulization takes about 9 minutes.
Nebulize on the Go
PERFOROMIST is taken twice a day, morning and evening. If you know you’re going to be away from home, don’t worry. Many new nebulizers are portable, battery-operated, handheld devices that fit right in your pocket — or a carrying case.
Cleaning Your Nebulizer
It’s important to clean your nebulizer, with the exception of the tubing, after every use. Here’s basic advice for cleaning your nebulizer. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions prior to use.
Basic Cleaning Instructions
Disconnect the tubing from the nebulizer cup.
Dry out any moisture in the tubing by air-drying or running the compressor for 2-3 minutes.
Disassemble nebulizer parts.
Wash all parts in warm, soapy water. BE CAREFUL NOT TO WASH THE TUBING.
Rinse and shake off excess water and let the pieces dry on a clean cloth (or hand-dry with a lint-free cloth).
Reconnect the pieces to the nebulizer and store until the next use.
Every other day, it's a good idea to soak all of the parts (except for the tubing and mask) in one part distilled vinegar and three parts hot tap water for 1 hour. Rinse and air-dry or dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. The parts, except the tubing and mask, may also be disinfected by boiling them in a clean pot of water for a full 10 minutes. Read the instructions that come with your nebulizer.
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Important Safety Information
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
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.
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.