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Umeclidinium

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Long Acting Muscarinic Antagonist Incruse Ellipta

Umeclidinium - What is it for

Umeclidinium inhaler is used for the long term treatment of people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a disease affecting the lungs which makes it harder for the person to breathe as the disease gets worse.

Umeclidinium works by opening up the airways and make it easier for air to move in and out of the lungs.

Umeclidinium - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Umeclidinium cause?

Common side effects include:

  • Symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as cough, runny nose, sore throat and pain at the cheek and forehead areas
  • Painful and frequent urination, which may be signs of a urinary tract infection
  • Fast heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headache

These symptoms may happen but should get better over time. Check with your doctor if any of these symptoms are serious or do not go away.

In very rare cases, some patients might experience the following:

  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Eye pain, blurred vision, red eyes
  • Sudden difficulties in breathing such as shortness of breath, wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing) or chest tightness

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Umeclidinium, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies
  • You have the following medical conditions:
    • Narrow-angle glaucoma (a type of eye condition where the pressure in the eye is increased)
    • Prostate problems or difficulty passing urine
    • Heart conditions such as irregular heart beats
    • Serious liver problems
    • Lactose intolerance (a condition where your body is unable to break down a type of sugar found naturally in milk called lactose)

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Umeclidinium?

Umeclidinium - Dosage and How to Use

How should Umeclidinium be used?

  • ​Use your Umeclidinium inhaler every day to control your condition.
  • Do not stop using your inhaler without checking with your healthcare professionals.
  • Please refer to the Umeclidinium inhaler’s patient information leaflet to learn how to use the inhaler.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Umeclidinium - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Umeclidinium safely?

How should I store Umeclidinium?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Others;#

​Keep the cap on when not in use.

How should I dispose of Umeclidinium safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Umeclidinium - Additional Information

​​When should I throw away the medication?

Check the dose counter and change the inhaler once the dose counter indicates zero doses or six weeks after you opened it.

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