Eklira Genuair is a medication marketed by AstraZeneca, and is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD. It is supplied in dry powder form, in an inhaler. The treatment is an anticholinergic bronchodilator, which works by alleviating muscular tension in the passages to the lungs.
- Effective bronchodilator
- Relieves symptoms such as breathlessness
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COPD is a term used to describe a number of long-term conditions, which impede breathing, induce symptoms such as coughing and excess phlegm, and heighten a person’s susceptibility to chest infections. Among these conditions are emphysema and bronchitis. The NHS estimates that there are likely around 3 million people in the UK living with COPD; and that over two thirds of these are undiagnosed or dismissed as something less serious.
Smoking is the leading cause of the condition, which is why diagnoses are more prominent in those aged 35 and over; the chances of developing COPD grow the longer a person smokes. This causes the airways to become damaged, and eventually the walls of the airways thicken and express more mucus. Consequently, obstruction occurs and breathing becomes harder; particularly during periods of exertion.
In treating the condition, the first measure a doctor will advise will be to stop smoking, to help prevent the condition from progressing. COPD symptoms will in many cases require long-term or maintenance treatment. Eklira is one such medication, and falls into the category known as long-acting bronchodilators.
Taken through an inhaler twice a day, Eklira contains an agent called aclidinium bromide, and works by inhibiting the function of a chemical called acetylcholine on muscarinic receptors. This helps to ease muscular tension, and relax the walls of the airways, providing more room for air to pass to the lungs and allowing smoother breathing.
Please note we do not provide this treatment through our site. Speak to your GP or respiratory nurse to have your prescription for this item renewed.
Prior to use, take time to familiarise yourself with the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet, as well as those issued by your doctor. This will help you to minimise the risk of side effects and increase the efficacy of the treatment.
- Use according to your prescriber’s instructions.
- For adult cases of COPD, this will typically be one inhaled dose taken twice per day; once in the morning and once in the evening.
- One dose of Eklira usually lasts for around 12 hours, so it is important to try and take the medication at the same times each day.
- It is a maintenance treatment, meaning it will need to be taken every day until otherwise stated by your doctor.
- Detailed information and diagrams explaining how to use the inhaler device are supplied in the accompanying leaflet.
- Do not exceed the dose prescribed.
- If you forget to take it, do so as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for your next dose. If your next dose is due, skip the one you have missed and carry on the course as normal.
The above is only a summary of the instructions you will need to follow when using this item. More comprehensive information can be found in the leaflet provided.
It is crucial to be aware of the side effects associated with this medicine, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur. Contact your doctor or your nearest hospital immediately if you notice any signs of: an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, or hives; or worsening of COPD symptoms.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, sinusitis, cold, cough, feeling sick, or diarrhoea.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Dizziness, dry mouth, inflammation of the mouth, hoarseness, increased heart rate, palpitations, difficulty passing urine or sight problems.
The above is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this treatment. For more information, consult the patient leaflet.
Taking it with other medicines
It may not be suitable for use in conjunction with other medicines for asthma or COPD. Inform your prescriber if you have been any using any such products, or any other treatments for other conditions, during your consultation.
Conditions to look out for
If you have a history of any of the following, this product may not be suitable for you to use: asthma; heart problems; glaucoma; lactose intolerance; an enlarged prostate; urinary retention; or bladder problems.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
This medication should only be used if your doctor feels as though it is absolutely necessary if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. If you this applies to you, check with your doctor prior to use.
Driving and using machinery
Do not drive or use machines if you experience any side effects such as dizziness, or blurred vision.
This medication contains lactose. Tell your prescriber if you have any intolerances to sugar.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. This product is not thought to interact with alcohol.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you do not experience any side effects which may inhibit your capacity to do so safely. If you do, you should refrain from driving and notify your doctor immediately.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
This item may not be suitable for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant. Discuss this with your doctor prior to use.
How should I store it?
Store this item at room temperature and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This medication contains aclidinium bromide and lactose monohydrate.
Do not use it if you are allergic to either of these substances.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Eklira Genuair in the UK if you a prescription for it. This can be obtained following consultation with your doctor.
Is it right for me?
If you have COPD, your GP or respiratory nurse will help you to determine the most suitable treatment.
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