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Indacaterol-glycopyrronium

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Indacaterol + Glycopyrronium (as Bromide) ultibro Adult

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - What is it for

Ultibro inhaler is used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a disease is affecting the lungs which makes it harder for a person to breathe as the disease gets worse. Ultibro contains two medicines, indacaterol and glycopyrronium. Both work by opening up the airways to make breathing easier.

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Indacaterol-glycopyrronium cause?

Some common side effects:

  • 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 heartbeat
  • Uncontrolled shaking (tremors)
  • Nervousness, Restlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Cough / Throat infection
  • Dizziness

These symptoms may happen but should get better overtime. Check with your healthcare professionals if any of these symptoms are serious and do not go away.

Some rare but serious side effects that need to seek medical advice immediately:

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

Irregular heartbeat, where your heartbeat is uneven or has an extra beat

Low potassium level, where you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tingling or numbness at your fingers and toes

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 Indacaterol-glycopyrronium, what precautions must I follow?

Precautions to follow

Inform your health care professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients in 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 any of the following medication conditions:

  • Cystic fibrosis ( a type of illness in which thick mucus builds up in the lungs and digestive system)
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma (a type of eye condition where the pressure in the eye is increased)
  • High blood pressure
  • Low potassium level in the blood
  • Myasthenia gravis (a type of illness linked to muscle weakness)
  • Prostate problems  or difficulty in passing urine
  • Heart conditions such as history of chest pain or heart attack, heart failure or irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperthyroidism (a condition where is too much thyroid hormone in the body)
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart conditions such as chest pain or heart failure

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Indacaterol-glycopyrronium?

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - Dosage and How to Use

How should Indacaterol-glycopyrronium be used?

  • ​Use your Ultibro inhaler every day to control your conditions
  • Do not stop using your inhaler without checking with your healthcare professionals
  • Please refer to the Ultibro inhaler's patient information leaflet to learn how to use the inhaler
  • Capsules are for inhalation, do not swallow.

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?

​​​If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - Handling

How should I handle Indacaterol-glycopyrronium safely?

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - Storage

How should I store Indacaterol-glycopyrronium?

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

​Capsules containing the powder for inhalation for Ultibro must be stored in the orginal packaging to be protected from moisture.

How should I dispose of Indacaterol-glycopyrronium safely?

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

Indacaterol-glycopyrronium - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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