A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Formoterol is available in a capsule. These capsules are not to be swallowed orally as you would in a normal manner. Instead, they need to be inhaled by mouth using the inhaler device provided. This dose is usually one capsule twice daily, one morning and one evening. Be sure to inhale the medicine rapidly and deeply through the mouthpiece when using this drug to ensure that the entire contents are inhaled. Do not exhale back into the inhaler.
Leave the capsule sealed in the foil packet they come in until just before use. Make sure to wash and completely dry hands before touching the capsules. Any two doses need to be about 12 hours apart. Foradil must always be used with its special inhaler device. Use a new inhaler device, each time you need to take a dosage. Ensure that you discard your old inhaler device all the time.
The active component of the Foradil inhaler is a dry powder blend of 12 mcg of formoterol fumarate and 25 mg of lactose (which contains trace levels of milk proteins) as a carrier.
All medicines should be taken by a doctor’s prescription. Do not alter dosages.
Common side effects of this medicine are: