Fenoterol is the active ingredient of Adco-Fenoterol Hydrobromide inhalation
solution (Nappi code: 891048-001, 890156-004), Berotec inhalation solution
(Nappi code: 835706-001), Berotec syrup (Nappi code: 707813-018), Berotec unit
dose vials (Nappi code: 793973-007, 791989-003) and Berotec HFA metered-dose
inhaler (Nappi code: 706544-001).
Fenoterol is a bronchodilator. Bronchodilators are drugs that relax the
muscles around the airways, helping the airways to open up, making it easier to
In South Africa fenoterol is registered for the treatment of acute asthma
attacks; exercise-induced asthma prevention, and other conditions (acute and
chronic) with reversible airway narrowing.
Do not exceed the recommended dose. If your usual dose does not provide
relief, or if relief does not last for at least 3 hours, medical advice should
It should be noted that because this drug may cause dizziness and/or
light-headedness, driving and any hazardous tasks should be avoided until you
know how this medication affects you.
How does fenoterol work?
Fenoterol relaxes bronchial smooth muscle by stimulating beta2 receptors.
When fenoterol stimulates these receptors, it causes the muscles in the airways
to relax, making breathing easier.
Drug schedule: schedule 2 and schedule 3 (syrup/metered-dose inhaler
(S2); unit dose vial/solution for inhalation (S3))
Available as: fenoterol is available as syrup, unit dose vials,
solution for inhalation and as a metered-dose inhaler.
What does it do? Fenoterol widens/opens the airways to make breathing
Overdose risk: medium
Dependence risk: low
Is fenoterol available as a generic? yes
Is fenoterol available on prescription only? no and yes
Onset of effect: within 5 minutes
Duration of action: up to 4 hours
Stopping this medicine: do not stop treatment with this drug without
consulting your doctor. The original symptoms may recur.
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:
- you have cardiovascular disease
- you have diabetes
- you have epilepsy
- you have glaucoma
- you have a thyroid disorder
- you are pregnant
Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported.
Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect
your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your
condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in
children under the age of 12 years.
The elderly: caution is advised in the elderly as side effects are
more likely to occur.
Driving and hazardous work: caution is advised as use of this
medication may lead to dizziness, light-headedness and/or sedation. Avoid such
activities until you know how this medication affects you.
Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.
Possible side effects
||Consult your doctor
||Only if severe
||In all cases|
|increased pulse rate
||reduces brochodilating effect of fenoterol|
||risk of increase fenoterol side effects|
||may cause serious hypokalaemia|
||risk of increased fenoteral side effects|
||may cause serious hypokalaemia|
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large
overdose, seek emergency medical attention.
Adults: use up to 4 times daily exactly as directed.
This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for
informational purposes only.
Please consult a physician for specific treatment and