Eklira Genuair

Eklira Genuair

Eklira Genuair is a medication delivered via inhaler. This means that instead of taking a tablet or liquid, you inhale a powder into your lungs using a device that's provided for you by your doctor as part of your prescription. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Eklira Genuair is a common treatment for breathing and lung problems. This substance uses the active ingredient aclidinium bromide to open your airways and reduce the risk of coughing, trouble breathing, and other symptoms associated with COPD.  

What is Eklira Genuair? 

Eklira Genuair is a medication delivered via inhaler. This means that instead of taking a tablet or liquid, you inhale a powder into your lungs using a device that's provided for you by your doctor as part of your prescription. This particular inhaler works to relieve the symptoms of COPD, otherwise known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This long-term condition often causes significant problems for children and adults alike, by causing damage to the air sacs in the lungs. 

When the air sacs in your lungs can't work as normal, it's very difficult to breathe. Eklira Genuair works to relax the airways and expand those air sacks, so you feel more comfortable when inhaling and exhaling. Crucially, Eklira Genuair isn't usually prescribed as an emergency solution for people who are having severe breathing issues. Instead, this medication is a maintenance strategy intended to reduce your risk of serious attacks through regular treatment.  

Eklira Genuair includes the active ingredient aclidinium bromide, which is an antimuscarinic bronchodilator. This means that the substance can widen your airways by blocking the receptors in your body called "muscarinic receptors". These receptors control the contraction of the muscles when you inhale Eklira Genuair.  

When is Eklira Genuair used? 

Doctors prescribe Eklira Genuair for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This condition happens when the airways and air sacs in the lungs are damaged or blocked as part of a long-term ailment. Eklira Genuair is not intended for asthma attacks, or other breathing issues where emergency treatment might be necessary. Instead, you will only be prescribed Eklira Genuair if you have a condition which causes your airways to be permanently damaged.  

Importantly, your doctor will not prescribe Eklira Genuair before assessing your medical condition and health history carefully. Substances like Eklira Genuair can have an impact on the blood vessels and the way that the heart functions. Your doctor will need to monitor the effects of this medicine on your heart, which could mean that you need to agree to regular checkups when using the drug.  

Usually Eklira Genuair can eradicate or help to improve the symptoms of COPD such as tightness of the chest, shortness of breath and persistent cough. The impact of Eklira Genuair can last for up to 12 hours if taken correctly.  

How do you use Eklira Genuair? 

Before you begin any new treatment, it's important to make sure that you understand how to use the medication provided to you. When a doctor prescribes Eklira Genuair, they will tell you how to use it, how often to take the medication, and how to prepare your inhaler for treatment. Some doctors may be able to offer a demonstration on how to use an inhaler if you've never used one before.  

If you have any concerns or questions after visiting your doctor, you can read the manufacturer information printed in the inside of the inhaler's packaging. This should provide you with useful information about the active ingredients in Eklira Genuair and how to look after your inhaler.  

Eklira Genuair is delivered as an inhaled medication. You will need to breathe the medication into your lungs using the provided inhaler. To begin, remove the protective cap from the inhaler and press the green button on the device once. This will release a dose of the powder treatment into the device. Exhale slowly and place your lips around the mouthpiece. When you're ready, inhale deeply through the inhaler, holding your breath for between five and ten seconds so that the powder has a chance to settle. When you start breathing out again, you may feel the urge to cough, or you may feel nothing at all.  

Rinse your mouth with water to remove any of the left over powder that may cause a bad taste in your mouth and replace the protective cap on the inhaler. If possible, it's a good idea to use your inhaler at the same time every morning and evening. This will reduce your risk of forgetting to take a dose of your medication. If you do forget to take your inhaler for any reason, take it as soon as you remember, as long as it's not too close to your next dose. Don't use multiple doses together to make up for a missed dose.  

What dosages are available? 

Eklira Genuair is a maintenance treatment for COPD. This means that you will need to use your medication regularly, often every day, to get the most benefit from it. Your doctor will usually advise using your inhaler twice a day, once on a morning and once on an evening. You don't need to take your inhaler with food or water.  

Unless your doctor advises otherwise, the common dose for Eklira Genuair is one inhalation in the morning and the evening each day. This medication is not suitable for children under the age of 18. If you're concerned about your dose of Eklira Genuair, tell your doctor.  

What are the side effects of Eklira Genuair? 

All medications can cause side effects. Sometimes, these symptoms happen when you first begin taking a new medication, as they're a sign that your body is getting used to being exposed to something new. Other times, side effects may be a sign that it's time to change to a different kind of medication.  

Everyone experiences treatment with Eklira Genuair in their own way. You may experience side effects, or you may have no problem with this treatment at all. Your doctor will have considered your risks and likelihood of getting side effects when deciding whether to give you this treatment. If you have been prescribed Eklira Genuair, it is because your doctor believes that the benefit of this medication is greater to you than the risk of the side effects you might experience.  

Eklira Genuair rarely has any significant side effects for most people. The most common issues are problems like headaches after you begin taking the medicine, or nose and throat irritation. You may also feel nauseous and sick when you first begin using your inhaler for the first time. It may be a good idea to avoid complicated meals when taking your inhaler at first, to reduce your risk of nausea.  

Some people using Eklira Genuair have irritation in their nose, feelings of dry mouth, and even symptoms of nasal sinusitis. You may find that you're more likely to get a cold or respiratory infection when using your inhaler too. Other possible side effects include: 

  • Dizziness 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

If you experience any of these side effects, or any symptoms that haven't been listed here and you're concerned about your response to the medication, contact your doctor. Be aware that allergic reactions can sometimes occur when taking Eklira Genuair. If you notice that you suddenly have trouble breathing, feel extremely dizzy, or suffer from swelling around the throat, lips or tongue, contact an emergency health provider immediately.  

When shouldn't you uses Eklira Genuair? 

Eklira Genuair will not be the best treatment for COPD for everyone. In some cases, your doctor may find that it's better to use a different kind of inhaler. It's important to provide your medical professional with a complete history of your medical conditions and any issues that you currently have, so he or she knows whether this treatment is right for you.  

Do not take Eklira Genuair if you: 

  • Have problems passing urine or issues with your prostate 
  • Have eye conditions like glaucoma 
  • Have a heart rhythm that's unusual, too slow or too fast 
  • Have a heart condition like heart failure 
  • Are taking other medications or inhalers that interact poorly with Eklira Genuair 
  • Are allergic to the ingredients in Eklira Genuair 

It is not certain whether it's safe to use Eklira Genuair when you're pregnant or breast feeding. If you're thinking of getting pregnant, or you're pregnant when your doctor suggests Eklira Genuair, discuss your options before taking this treatment. It is not a good idea to take Eklira Genuair when you are breast feeding without getting your doctor's approval. 

Does Eklira Genuair interact with any other medications? 

There is very little information available into the kind of medications that interact negatively with Eklira Genuair. However, it's important to remember that many different medications can have dangerous interactions with other substances that you may be taking. Using this drug without your doctor's approval could lead to an increased risk of very dangerous side effects.  

Before you begin taking any new medication, including Eklira Genuair, make sure that you tell your doctor about other products that you are using. This includes over the counter medications, herbal substances, supplements, and prescription medications.  

It may be particularly dangerous to take Eklira Genuair with other inhaled medications. 

Where can you buy Eklira Genuair? 

Eklira Genuair is available to buy online or offline from registered pharmacies in the EU. You can arrange with us to have this medication delivered to you at a suitable pharmacy in your local area.  

Can you get Eklira Genuair without a prescription?  

It is not safe to obtain Eklira Genuair without a prescription. This medication can be dangerous when taken by certain people. Your doctor will need to conduct a full consultation and assessment to ensure that the treatment is right for you.  

 

 

References

Eklira Genuair. (2019). Retrieved on August 27, 2019 from https://www.drugs.com/uk/eklira-genuair.html

Eklira Genuair: new long-acting anticholinergic for COPD. (2012). Retrieved on August 27, 2019 from https://www.mims.co.uk/eklira-genuair-new-long-acting-anticholinergic-copd/respiratory-system/article/1145967

Eklira Genuair 322 micrograms inhalation powder. (2019). Retrieved on August 27, 2019 from https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4302/smpc

Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741366

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.