Seebri Breezhaler is a treatment used to relieve symptoms of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It contains a type of medication called an anticholinergic bronchodilator. This means that it works in the airways to relax muscle walls and makes it easier for the person using it to breathe. Seebri Breezhaler is a capsule medication which is delivered through an inhaler device, and is only available to buy in the UK with a prescription.
- Helps muscles in the airways to relax
- Facilitates easier breathing
- Keeps on working for up to 24 hours
COPD is an umbrella term given to several chronic conditions which affect the lungs and airways, and can inhibit breathing. Among these are bronchitis, chronic obstructive airways disease and emphysema. Typical symptoms of COPD include a phlegmy cough, an increased susceptibility to chest infections, wheezing and shortness of breath.
It is caused largely by smoking, and as a result is more prominent in those over the age of 35; roughly a quarter of smokers will get COPD during their lifetime. However it can also be caused by repeated exposure to pollution, fumes and dust. These irritants over time cause inflammation in the lining of the airways, which can cause lasting damage and the development of symptoms. As it is a progressive condition, treatment aims to limit the effects of COPD and stop it from getting worse.
One of the first suggestions a doctor will make, if the patient smokes, is for them to quit. Certain treatments can also help to alleviate symptoms and reduce the severity of the condition. These will usually need to be taken every day until otherwise specified in order to be effective.
The active ingredient in Seebri Breezhaler is a drug called glycopyrronium bromide, which is an antimuscarinic agent. It works by blocking the function of a chemical in the body called acetylcholine, which cause muscular contractions in the airway. This helps to ease tension and allow these muscles to relax, thereby aiding breathing and reducing COPD symptoms.
We do not offer this medication online. To be prescribed Seebri, see your GP or respiratory nurse in person.
Make sure you follow the instructions given by your prescriber when using this item, and that you read the patient information leaflet carefully beforehand. Doing so will enable you to limit the risk of side effects and maximise the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Use as directed.
- For most cases of COPD, this will be one dose per day.
- One dose provides relief for up to 24 hours.
- To use, remove the capsule from the blister pack carefully, and insert as directed into the inhaler device.
- Close the lid, and press the buttons in on either side to pierce the capsule.
- Breathe out, then place the mouthpiece between your lips.
- Inhale as deeply as possible. You should hear a whirring noise.
- Hold your breath for five to ten seconds.
- Then breathe out.
- Open the device and remove the capsule.
- For more detailed instructions and diagrams on how to administer the dose, consult the leaflet supplied.
- Never exceed the prescribed dose.
- If you forget to take it, do so when you remember. You should not take more than one dose on any given day.
The above constitutes only a summary of the directions you will need
Please note that even though not everyone who uses this medication will experience them, it is nonetheless important to be aware of the associated side effects so that you can take action in the event that they occur.
If you experience any of the following, seek medical attention immediately: irregular heartbeat; signs of hyperglycaemia such as excessive thirst or hunger and frequent urination; any indication of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, dizziness, or swelling of the tongue, lips, face or throat.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Runny nose, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, sneezing, sore throat, diarrhoea or stomach ache.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Difficulty or pain when passing water, palpitations, rash, numbness, cough with sputum, dental caries, feelings of pressure or pain in the cheeks and forehead, nose bleeds, arms or leg pain, stomach discomfort after meals, throat irritation, tiredness or weakness.
The above is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this treatment. For more information, please refer to the leaflet supplied.
Taking it with other medicines
Tell your prescriber during consultation if you are using any other treatments for COPD or otherwise, as they may compromise the effectiveness of this medication.
Conditions to look out for
It may not be suitable for those who have or have ever had: kidney problems; lactose intolerance; narrow-angle glaucoma; or difficulty passing urine.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check with your doctor before using Seebri if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.
Driving and using machinery
Your capacity to drive or operate machines is not likely to be affected by this medication.
Seebri contains lactose. Let your prescriber know during consultation if you have any intolerances to sugar.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. It is not thought that alcohol will affect the way this medicine works.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you do not experience any side effects which may make it difficult for you to do so safely. If you do, do not drive and let your doctor know immediately.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, let your prescriber know during consultation.
How should I store it?
Keep it in a safe place below 25°C. The inhaler should be discarded after one month.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains the following: glycopyrronium bromide, lactose monohydrate and magnesium stearate.
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these constituents.
Is it available over-the-counter?
Seebri Breezhaler is only available to buy online or in person after first consulting with a doctor. This is so that they can assess your suitability for the treatment.
Is it right for me?
The COPD medication you use will ultimately be determined by your GP or specialist respiratory nurse, during a face-to-face consultation. They will be able to discuss treatment options with you and issue a prescription where required.
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