Fenoterol

Fenoterol
ATC Code G02CA03, R03AC04, R03CC04
Formula C17H21NO4
Molar Mass (g·mol−1) 303,35
Physical State solid
Melting Point (°C) 222–223
CAS Number 13392-18-2
PUB Number 3343
Drugbank ID DB01288
Solubility moderate in water / poor in ethanol

Basics

Fenoterol is a drug from the class of β2-sympathomimetics. It belongs to the group of bronchodilators and is used, for example, in bronchial asthma or COPD to facilitate breathing. Fenoterol is always administered in the form of a spray or aerosol. There are also intravenous applications to inhibit contractions. Medicines containing fenoterol require a prescription and are available as mono- or combination preparations.

Pharmacology

Pharmacodynamics

The mechanism of action of fenoterol is based on binding to β2-adrenoreceptors in the lung. This activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase, and subsequently increases the level of the neurotransmitter cAMP. An increased concentration of cAMP causes a relaxation of the bronchial musculature and thus a widening of the bronchial tubes. This makes breathing considerably easier.

Pharmacokinetics

Fenoterol is broken down in the liver cells and subsequently excreted by the kidneys.


Toxicity

Signs of overdose include chest pain, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, high or low blood pressure, flu-like symptoms, high blood sugar, muscle cramps, nausea, tremors, and seizures.

Editorial principles

All information used for the content comes from verified sources (recognised institutions, experts, studies by renowned universities). We attach great importance to the qualification of the authors and the scientific background of the information. Thus, we ensure that our research is based on scientific findings.

Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter
Author

Markus Falkenstätter is a writer on pharmaceutical topics in Medikamio's medical editorial team. He is in the last semester of his pharmacy studies at the University of Vienna and loves scientific work in the field of natural sciences.

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer
Lector

Stefanie Lehenauer has been a freelance writer for Medikamio since 2020 and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. She works as a pharmacist in Vienna and her passion is herbal medicines and their effects.

Your personal medicine assistent

afgis-Qualitätslogo mit Ablauf Jahr/Monat: Mit einem Klick auf das Logo öffnet sich ein neues Bildschirmfenster mit Informationen über Medikamio GmbH & Co KG und sein/ihr Internet-Angebot: medikamio.com/ This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.
Drugs

Search our database for drugs, sorted from A-Z with their effects and ingredients.

Substances

All substances with their common uses, chemical components and medical products which contain them.

Diseases

Causes, symptoms and treatment for the most common diseases and injuries.

The contents shown do not replace the original package insert of the medicinal product, especially with regard to dosage and effect of the individual products. We cannot assume any liability for the correctness of the data, as the data was partly converted automatically. A doctor should always be consulted for diagnoses and other health questions. Further information on this topic can be found here.