Onbrez Breezhaler is a treatment for COPD. It is issued as a capsule, which is placed in an inhaler device. The device punctures the capsule, releasing a powder which is then inhaled by the user. Onbrez Breezhaler, which is manufactured by Novartis, is only available to buy in the UK with a prescription.
- Easy to dispense inhaler capsule
- Proficient at alleviating symptoms
- Once a day treatment
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term used to refer to several conditions, which affect the airways and the lungs, such as bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. It is largely caused by smoking, and is the result of repeated and persistent inflammation and damage in the airways. However, it can also be caused by repeated exposure to other toxins, such as dust, pollution or fumes.
Symptoms include a harsh, phlegmy cough, wheezing and difficulty breathing, particularly during periods of exertion. The NHS estimates that around 3 million people in the UK have the condition, with only a third of these diagnosed. As a progressive condition, it is more prominent in persons aged 35 and over.
Because the condition becomes worse with continued exposure to toxins, one of the first measures a doctor will take in treating condition will be to advise the patient to prevent contact with the irritant causing it. This might be quitting smoking, or taking measures to limit exposure to the offending pollutant.
To alleviate symptoms and stop COPD from progressing, they may also suggest a treatment to limit inflammation. Onbrez contains an agent called indacaterol maleate, which is a beta-2 agonist. It is a long-acting ingredient, which lasts for 24 hours after administration. The drug works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, and allowing them to widen when narrowed.
We do not provide Onbrez through our online service. To be prescribed this item, we advise that you see your GP in person.
When using this treatment, make sure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber, and that you adhere to the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects and increase the efficacy of the medication.
- Take as prescribed.
- In adult cases of COPD, this will be one inhaled dose per day.
- As the medication is a long-acting bronchodilator, its effects last for 24 hours. It is therefore important to take it at the same time each day, in order to get consistent cover from symptoms.
- To use, open the mouthpiece and place one capsule from the blister cap inside.
- Press in the buttons on either side to pierce the capsule.
- Breathe out as far as is comfortable.
- Raise the inhaler to your mouth and place the mouthpiece between your lips.
- Inhale as swiftly and deeply as possible. You should hear the capsule spin inside the compartment.
- Hold your breath for between five and 10 seconds.
- Open the cap and remove the capsule.
- The inhaler should be discarded after four weeks of use.
- More detailed instructions can be found in the leaflet supplied with the medicine.
- Do not exceed the dose prescribed for you.
- If you miss a dose, simply skip the one you have missed and take it at the usual time the following day.
The above is only a guide. For more comprehensive directions, please refer to the leaflet provided.
Not everyone who uses this medication will experience side effects. However, it is still important to be aware of the nature and likelihood of these, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur. Inform your doctor or nearest hospital immediately if you experience any of the following: a crushing pain in the chest; high blood sugar levels; irregular heartbeat; signs of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or dizziness; or worsening of breathing problems.
Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, runny or blocked nose, sneezing, coughing, or a headache.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Feelings of pressure or pain in the cheeks and forehead, dizziness, palpitations, muscle spasming, swollen hands, ankles and feet, itchy rash, chest pain, or pain in the muscles, bones or joints.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Increased heartbeat, tingling or numbness.
This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this treatment. For more detailed information, please refer to the leaflet supplied.
Taking it with other medicines
Prior to using this product, your doctor needs to know if you are using any of the following: any similar medicines used to relieve inflamed airways, such as salmeterol or formoterol; beta blockers; medicines that lower the amount of potassium in the blood such as steroids; diuretics; or theophylline.
Conditions to look out for
Let your doctor know during consultation if you have or have ever had any of the following: heart problems; asthma; lactose intolerance; epilepsy; thyroid gland problems (thyrotoxicosis); or diabetes.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Talk to your doctor before using Onbrez if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.
Do not use this medication unless your doctor feels as though it is essential.
Driving and using machinery
Your capacity to operate machines or drive is not likely to be inhibited by the use of this medication.
If you have an intolerance to any sugars, tell your prescriber. This medicine contains lactose.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, as it is not thought to inhibit the function of the treatment. However, in some cases of COPD a doctor may advise against it. Speak to your doctor about drinking alcohol during your consultation.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you experience no side effects which may make doing so difficult or unsafe. If you do, refrain from driving and tell your doctor immediately.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be. Talk to your doctor or family planning nurse prior to using this treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.
How should I store it?
This medicine should be stored in an environment which does not exceed 30°C, and kept safely out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
In this product are the following ingredients: indacaterol maleate, lactose and gelatin.
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the above.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You will need a prescription in order to be able to buy Onbrez Breezhaler online or in person.
Is it right for me?
The COPD medication you use will be decided on by your GP or specialist during a face-to-face consultation. They will issue a prescription for you where required.
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