Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Formoterol


Last updated on July 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Formoterol


COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Duaklir (Contains Formoterol and Aclidinium), Flutiform 呼特康 (Contains Formoterol and Fluticasone), Foster 啟爾暢 (Contains Formoterol and Beclomethasone), Symbicort Turbuhaler 信必可 (Contains Formoterol and Budesonide), Vannair (Contains Formoterol and Budesonide)

What is Formoterol for?

Formoterol is a bronchodilator which can relax the muscles of the airways. Compared to Salbutamol, Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator and can open up the airways in the lungs for a longer time, hence making breathing easier. It is often used together with an inhaled corticosteroid such as Budesonide to control asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

How to use it?

Formoterol is used by inhaler. The usual adult dose used for controlling asthma and COPD is 6-24 mcg once or twice daily. The detailed dosages for different combination inhalers are listed as follows:

Duaklir: 1 inhalation twice daily

Flutiform: 2 inhalations twice daily in the morning and evening


For asthma: 1-2 inhalations twice daily

For COPD: 2 inhalations twice daily in the morning and evening

Symbicort Turbuhaler: 1-2 inhalations twice daily

Vannair: 2 inhalations twice daily

What are the side effects of Formoterol? 

Common side effects of Formoterol include dizziness, headache, fast heart rate, anxiety, and tremor.

Where to buy Formoterol in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Formoterol is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Formoterol in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.