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Generic name: Arformoterol tartrateBrand names: Brovana

Why is Brovana prescribed?

Brovana is used for long-term treatment of lung problems that come with having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Most important fact about Brovana

Brovana may increase the risk of an asthma-related death. This drug is intended for long-term usage, not rescue therapy or for brief lung spasms (asthma attacks).

How should you take Brovana?

Brovana should be taken by nebulizer twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening.

  • Storage instructions...Store in a refrigerator away from light or heat.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Brovana.

  • Side effects may include:Back pain, chest pain, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, flu-like syndrome, general pain, leg cramps, rash, sinus infection

Why should Brovana not be prescribed?

Do not take Brovana if you are allergic to arformoterol or any of its other ingredients.

Special warnings about Brovana

While taking Brovana, it is especially important to avoid treatment with tricyclic antidepressants and beta-blockers.

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking to prevent a possible interaction with Brovana. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Brovana

If Brovana is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Brovana with the following:

Beta-blockersHeart medicationsMAO inhibitorsTricyclic antidepressants

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The effects of Brovana during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking Brovana if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Recommended dosage for Brovana


The usual dosage of Brovana is 15 micrograms (mcg) twice a day, given through a nebulizer.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Symptoms of Brovana overdose may include:Dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, nausea, nervousness, tremor
  • Brovana Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Brovana Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Brovana MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Brovana Consumer Overview

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