Aclidinium Oral Inhalation
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Aclidinium is used as a long-term treatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a group of illnesses that affect the lungs and airways), such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema, to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness (damage to air sacs in the lungs). Aclidinium belongs to the group of drugs known as bronchodilators. To facilitate breathing, it relaxes and widens the airways to the lungs.
How should this medicine be used?
Aclidinium is available as a dry powder for oral inhalation in an inhalation device. Typically, it is breathed in twice daily, or once every 12 hours. Aclidinium should be inhaled at roughly the same times each day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Exact dosage of aclidinium should be followed. Do not take it in larger or less amounts, or more frequently than advised by your doctor.
Aclidinium should not be used to treat a sudden wheezing or shortness of breath attack. To treat sudden outbreaks of symptoms, your doctor will prescribe a rescue drug. Keep this rescue medication on hand at all times in case you experience sudden breathing difficulties.
During the course of your aclidinium treatment, your condition could get worse. If this occurs, avoid taking more aclidinium dosages. If your breathing issues worsen, you need to take your rescue medication more frequently to treat sudden episodes, or your rescue medication is not as effective at relieving your symptoms as it once was, call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention.
Aclidinium can aid in symptom management but does not treat COPD. The first day you use aclidinium, you might notice some improvement in your symptoms, but it might take more days for you to experience the full benefits of the drug. Aclidinium should still be taken even if you feel fine. Without consulting your doctor, never stop taking Aclidinium.
Carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions before using your aclidinium inhalation device for the first time. You can practise using the gadget while your doctor or pharmacist watches by asking them to demonstrate how to use it.
Aclidinium powder should not be inhaled or placed near the eyes. You can have blurred vision and sensitivity to light if the powder gets in your eyes.
The aclidinium inhalation apparatus doesn’t require cleaning. You can use a dry tissue or paper towel to wipe the outside of the mouthpiece of the gadget to clean it. Never clean the gadget with water since you could destroy the medication.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using aclidinium,
- If you have any allergies to aclidinium, atropine (Atropen, in Lomotil, Lonox, Motofen), other drugs, any of the chemicals in aclidinium inhalation powder, or milk proteins, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. For a list of the ingredients, consult the patient information or speak with your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: medications for irritable bowel syndrome, motion sickness, Parkinson’s disease, ulcers, and urinary problems; ipratropium (Atrovent); glycopyrrolate (Lonhala Magnair, Seebri, in Bevespi Aerosphere, in Utibron); tiotropium (Spiriva); and umeclidinium. Antihistamines, atropine (Atropen, in Lomotil, in Lonox, in Motofen); glycopyrrol (Incruse Ellipta, in Anoro Ellipta, in Trelegy Ellipta). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your physician if you now or ever had glaucoma (increased eye pressure that can result in vision loss), benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH; enlargement of a male reproductive gland), a bladder disorder, or any other ailment that prevents you from completely emptying your bladder.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking aclidinium.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Ignore the missed dose and carry on with my normal dosing routine. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Aclidinium could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Other cold symptoms, such as a runny nose
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Avoid using aclidinium if you suffer any of these symptoms, and call your doctor right away or seek emergency medical attention:
- Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly after taking the drug
- Eye discomfort or redness
- Distorted vision
- Observing haloes or vibrant hues surrounding lights
- Nausea or diarrhoea
- Having a difficult, uncomfortable, or a lot of urination
- weak urine flow
- Eye, cheek, lip, mouth, tongue, or throat swelling
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
Other negative effects of aclidinium are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Do not remove the device from the protective pouch until you are prepared to use the medication. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Do not keep the drug on a vibrating surface. Use the inhalation device for 45 days after opening, until the dose indicator window reads zero, or until the device locks out, whichever occurs first.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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