Glycopyrrolate 50 mcg
Glycopyrrolate is a long-term medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It must be used on a regular basis to alleviate and prevent symptoms like shortness of breath and wheezing. This may result in less time lost from work due to COPD. This medication belongs to the anticholinergic drug class.
It works by relaxing the muscles surrounding the airways, allowing them to open up and allow you to breathe more easily. Glycopyrrolate does not work immediately and should not be used to treat acute respiratory problems. If you experience wheezing or sudden shortness of breath, use your quick-relief inhaler as directed.
Before you begin using glycopyrrolate, and each time you get a refill, read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist. Follow the illustrated instructions for using this medication correctly. If you have any concerns, consult your doctor or pharmacist. These capsules should not be swallowed. To inhale the powder in the capsules, only use the special inhaler that comes with the medication. Inhale this medication orally as directed by your doctor, typically once or twice daily, depending on the brand.
Keep the capsule in its blister packet until just before use. Before handling the capsules, make sure your hands are completely dry. Avoid pushing the capsule through the foil. Follow the instructions for inserting and piercing the capsule into the inhaler. Inhale deeply and quickly through the mouthpiece. As you inhale the medication, you should hear a whirring sound. The medicine will also have a sweet taste to it. For at least 5 to 10 seconds, hold your breath. Check the inhaler to see if there is any powder left in the capsule.
If so, close the inhaler and inhale once more. Inhale the entire contents of each capsule. At no time should you blow into the mouthpiece. Keep this medication away from your eyes. It can cause eye pain and irritation, as well as temporary blurred vision and other vision changes. If you are using multiple inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between each one.
To get the most out of this medication, take it on a regular basis. Use it at the same time(s) every day to help you remember. Do not increase your dose, use this medication more frequently than prescribed, or discontinue use without first consulting your doctor. Do not use water to clean the inhaler. Wipe the inside and outside of the mouthpiece with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.