What is the most important information I should know about glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What is glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Glycopyrrolate is an anticholinergic that works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Glycopyrrolate is used as an inhaled medication to prevent airflow obstruction or bronchospasm in people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including bronchitis and emphysema.
Glycopyrrolate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using glycopyrrolate inhalation?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to glycopyrrolate.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- bladder obstruction or other urination problems;
- enlarged prostate; or
- kidney disease.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant.
It may not be safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risks.
Glycopyrrolate inhalation is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I use glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Glycopyrrolate inhalation is supplied as a solution (liquid) or as powder inside a capsule. Each form comes with a special inhaler device that is unique to that form of glycopyrrolate. Use only the inhaler device supplied with your specific brand of this medicine.
Always use the new inhaler device provided with your refill of this medicine.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Glycopyrrolate inhalation is usually given twice daily (morning and evening). Follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Use this medicine at the same time each day, even if you feel well.
Do not swallow the glycopyrrolate inhalation capsule or liquid. This medicine is for use only with the supplied inhalation devices.
Glycopyrrolate is not a rescue medicine for bronchospasm attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your medications are not working as well.
You should not stop using this medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine in the blister pack or foil pouch until it is time for your dose.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.
Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include blurred vision, eye pain, nausea, vomiting, trouble urinating, or severe dizziness.
What should I avoid while using glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What are the possible side effects of glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights;
- nausea, vomiting; or
- painful or difficult urination, little or no urination.
Common side effects may include:
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
- feeling short of breath; or
- burning when you urinate.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect glycopyrrolate inhalation?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
- glycopyrrolate taken in pill form (Cuvposa, Robinul);
- cold or allergy medicine that contains an antihistamine (Benadryl and others);
- medicine to treat Parkinson's disease;
- medicine to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcer, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome;
- bladder or urinary medicines --darifenacin, fesoterodine, oxybutynin, tolterodine, solifenacin; or
- bronchodilators --aclidinium, ipratropium, tiotropium, or umeclidinium.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect glycopyrrolate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about glycopyrrolate inhalation.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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