Dulera (generic name: Formoterol/Mometasone) is a drug which is prescribed for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dulera contains the active ingredients Mometasone and Formoterol. Mometasone is a steroid, which works by reducing inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long acting bronchodilator which works by relaxing the muscles in the airways. This helps to improve breathing. Asthma and COPD usually cause symptoms such as feeling heavy in the chest, coughing, struggling to breathe well, sometime painful airways and losing breath easily. Dulera is to be used with an inhaler device, and the drug is used as a maintenance treatment in adults and children over 12 years of age. The medication cannot be used for the treatment of an attack that has already started, but is for the use of prevention of future attacks. Dulera is a strong asthma drug, and is usually only prescribed if other forms of asthma medication have been tried and are unsuccessful.
Dulera Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Dulera including headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, back pain, stuffy nose, muscle or joint pain and changes in the voice due to changes in the airways. More serious side effects may include worsening asthma symptoms, chest pain, changes in heartbeat, tremors, nervousness, wheezing, throat irritation, choking, signs of infection (fever, chills, sore throat, and flu-like symptoms), blurred vision, white patches/sores on the mouth, high blood pressure, anxiety and confusion. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Dulera to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Dulera comes with an inhaler. Dulera inhalers should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture. Dulera is usually prescribed for two inhalations per day.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Dulera, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, seizure disorders, diabetes, herpes of the eyes, tuberculosis (TB), any active infections, an electrolyte imbalance or a thyroid disorder. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Dulera, including antibiotics, antifungals, diuretics, MAOIs, antidepressants and beta blockers. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Dulera may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. Formoterol may increase the risk of asthma related death.
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