Nebulized arformoterol: What is its place in the management of COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious global health burden. Comprehensive management of COPD includes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions aimed at improving disease-related functional capacity, health-related quality of life, and survival. The primary medications used for treatment of COPD are inhaled bronchodilator drugs which are delivered directly to the patient's airways through a number of different mechanisms. Arformoterol, the (R,R) enantiomer of racemic formoterol, was the first long-acting beta agonist approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nebulized delivery. We discuss the pharmacology, clinical efficacy, and safety of arformoterol, and provide recommendations for its use during longitudinal management of patients with COPD.
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