Utibron Neohaler is a medication approved for long-term maintenance treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is a combination of two medications.
Glycopyrrolate is an anticholinergic drug that reduces secretions and spasms in the airways while Indacaterol is a long-acting drug that relaxes the muscles in the airways to promote better airflow.
Doctors prescribe Utibron Neohaler to prevent the onset of airway obstruction and spasm in patients with COPD. Utibron Neohaler cannot treat COPD symptoms that have already started. You should not use Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol to treat asthma.
Utibron Neohaler is an inhaled drug like other medicines used for COPD. It is packaged in a powder inside capsules. Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol must be used only with the approved inhalation device that comes with the medication (either UTIBRON NEOHALER or ULTIBRO BREEZHALER).
You will inhale the Utibron Neohaler powder through the NEOHALER device to administer the medication. Utibron Neohaler is only available with a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
If you are about to start Utibron Neohaler, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.
Here are things the doctor will consider before prescribing Utibron Neohaler to you:
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to previous medications, including on Utibron Neohaler. Also, include your allergies to food and other substances. The doctor may decide to look for other medications if you have an allergy to Utibron Neohaler.
Do not use Utibron Neohaler to treat COPD symptoms or exacerbations. Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol will not work to treat COPD symptoms that have already started. The doctor usually prescribes another drug for treatment of acute COPD symptoms.
Utibron Neohalerl may increase the risk of sudden death in people with asthma. Do not use Utibron Neohaler to treat asthma attacks that may happen in individuals with COPD. Tell the doctor if you have other health conditions before using Utibron Neohaler.
The medication may not be safe for the following health conditions:
Do not use Utibron Neohaler if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Utibron Neohaler is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, and may not be safe for pregnant women. Do not breastfeed while having Utibron Neohaler treatment.
To use Utibron Neohaler properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The doctor will teach you how to take Utibron Neohaler. The medication comes with a guide. Read and understand this guide completely.
The doctor will decide whether you should receive twice-a-day (UTIBRON NEOHALER) or once-a-day (ULTIBRO BREEZHALER) dosing of Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol. Always follow the prescribed dose very carefully. Do not swallow the capsules or load more than one capsule into the inhaler.
If you are prescribed with UTIBRON NEOHALER, you need to administer the drug twice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. If you are prescribed with ULTIBRO BREEZHALER, you only have to have one inhalation per day.
To use the medication, load a capsule into the device and close the mouthpiece. The inhaler has buttons on the side, which you have to push to pierce the capsule open. Seal the mouthpiece with your lips and inhale from the device to administer the drug. You may have to inhale two times from the device to administer the powder from a capsule completely.
Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol is a maintenance treatment, so you must take it every day even if you feel well. If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. When it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose. Do not take more medication to make up for the skipped dose.
4 Precautions to Take
In using Utibron Neohaler, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Note that Utibron Neohaler is not a fast-acting drug, and therefore cannot be used to treat acute symptoms of COPD.
If symptoms occur, use a fast-acting inhalation medicine prescribed by the doctor. Call your doctor if you feel that the prescribed medications do not seem to control symptoms of COPD.
Use Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol every day to get the most benefit in preventing COPD symptoms. Stopping may cause the onset of symptoms. To ensure continuous supply, refill the prescription before you run out of medication. Call your doctor right away if you skipped several doses.
Open the blister packs carefully to avoid puncturing or damaging the capsules. Only open one Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol blister at a time, and only open it before taking the medication.
Only take the prescribed Glycopyrrolate and Indacaterol dose as instructed by your doctor. Taking more of the medication can easily result in overdose. Symptoms of overdose include:
Call your doctor right away and head to the nearest hospital if you overdose with the medication or if you felt these symptoms.
5 Potential Side Effects
Utibron Neohalerl has the following side effects, which are serious and requires medical attention:
Allergic reactions such as breathing difficulties, swelling of the face, mouth, nose or tongue.
Wheezing, choking or breathing difficulties after using the medication.
Pounding or fluttering heart rate.
Changes in vision, such as blurring, seeing halos around lights or having tunnel vision.
Redness of the eyes
Having signs and symptoms of potassium deficiency such as leg cramps, constipation, irregular or fluttering heart rate, increased urine output, numbness and tingling, muscle weakness and having a limp.
Having signs and symptoms of very high blood sugar levels such as thirst, hunger, dryness of the mouth, the fruity odor of breath, drowsiness, dryness of skin and blurring of vision.
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