Brovana (arformoterol tartrate)

Brovana (arformoterol tartrate) is an inhalation solution used to control symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).1

Brovana is a long-term maintenance treatment. It is taken twice a day to help manage and control ongoing COPD symptoms. It is not meant to treat sudden, severe COPD symptoms.1

What are the ingredients in Brovana?

The active ingredient in Brovana is arformoterol tartrate.1

How does Brovana work?

The active ingredient in Brovana, arformoterol tartrate, is a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). This means it activates beta2-adrenergic receptors in the body. This helps smooth muscles relax, including the muscles in the airways. This can open the airways and reduce bronchospasms. Plus, when these muscles are relaxed, common COPD symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing may be improved.1

What are the possible side effects of Brovana?

The most common side effects include:1

  • Chest or back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Sinus congestion
  • Headache
  • Tremor, nervousness
  • Leg cramps
  • High blood potassium
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Increased white blood cells
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Leg swelling
  • Chest congestion or bronchitis

Brovana may also cause serious side effects, including:1

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Allergic reactions like rash, hives, or breathing problems

If your breathing problems quickly worsen after taking Brovana, contact 9-1-1 right away.1

Brovana has a boxed warning, the strictest warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it increases the risk of asthma-related death. LABA drugs like Brovana should not be used in people with asthma without the use of a long-term asthma control drug.1

These are not all the possible side effects of Brovana. Talk to your doctor about what to expect or if you experience any changes that concern you during treatment with Brovana.

Things to note about Brovana

Brovana is only for use with a nebulizer. People with asthma should not take Brovana.1

Before starting Brovana, tell your doctor if you have:1

  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Liver problems

There is not enough data to know if Brovana is safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding. Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.1

Brovana may interact with other medicines. Before beginning treatment for COPD, tell your doctor about all your health conditions and any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs.

For more information, read the full prescribing information of Brovana.

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Written by: Casey Hribar | Last reviewed: March 2021