Aclidinium (By breathing)
Treats breathing problems caused by COPD. This medicine is a bronchodilator.
Bronchodilator, Respiratory Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Aclidinium is used to treat bronchospasm caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a lung disease that also includes chronic bronchitis (swelling of the tubes leading to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs).
Aclidinium is a bronchodilator. Bronchodilators are breathed in through the mouth to help open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. It is taken by inhalation (an inhaler) and will increase the flow of air to the lungs.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
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Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
You will use this medicine with an inhaler device called the Pressair™. The inhaler holds the medicine, which is a powder. You will inhale the powder through the mouthpiece. Your caregiver will show you how to use your inhaler.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Remove the cap and look at the mouthpiece to make sure it is clean. To clean the inhaler, wipe the mouthpiece with a dry tissue or towel. Do not use water to clean the inhaler, because this will damage the medicine.
Press the green button all the way down, and then release it. Look at the colored control window to make sure the window changed from red to green.
Breathe out fully and try to get as much air out of your lungs as possible. Put your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and take a fast, deep breath. You should hear a click. Keep breathing in, even after you hear the click, to be sure you get the full dose.
Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for as long as is comfortable. Then breathe out slowly through your nose.
Look at the colored control window to make sure it has changed back to red. If the control window is still green, you did not get the full dose of medicine. Repeat the steps above. If you cannot get the full dose of medicine after you have tried several times, call your doctor.
Missed dose: Take your next regular dose. Do not use 2 doses to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the medicine in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Throw away the inhaler 45 days after you open the pouch, or when a 0 with a red background shows on the dose counter, or when the device locks and you cannot press the green button.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how aclidinium works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Atropine, ipratropium, or tiotropium Medicine to treat incontinence, stomach cramps, ulcers, or muscle spasms Medicine to prevent nausea, vomiting, or motion sickness
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to aclidinium.
This medicine may cause worsening breathing problems, glaucoma, or urination problems.
Call your doctor right away if you use other medicines for your COPD and they do not seem to be working as well as usual. Do not change your doses or stop using your other medicines.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
New or worsening cough, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
Decrease in how much or how often you urinate, difficult or painful urination
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Stuffy or runny nose
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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