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Umeclidinium

Generic Name: umeclidinium (ue ME kli DIN ee um)
Brand Name: Incruse Ellipta

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Oct 19, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is umeclidinium?

See also: Stiolto

Umeclidinium is used to prevent airflow obstruction or bronchospasm in people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Umeclidinium relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Umeclidinium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Umeclidinium is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat a bronchospasm attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an attack.

Seek medical attention if your breathing problems do not improve, or if your symptoms get worse quickly.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use umeclidinium if you are allergic to umeclidinium or milk proteins.

Umeclidinium is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

How should I use umeclidinium?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Umeclidinium comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with measured doses of the medicine. Follow the patient instructions provided with the inhaler device.

Use the medicine at the same time each day, and not more than once in a 24-hour period.

Umeclidinium is not a rescue medicine for bronchospasm attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your medications are not working as well.

Do not stop using umeclidinium without your doctor's advice, even if you feel fine.

Do not try to clean or take apart the inhaler device. Always use the new inhaler device provided with your refill.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the inhaler device in the sealed foil tray until ready to start using it.

Throw the inhaler away 6 weeks after opening, or when the dose indicator shows a zero (whichever comes first).

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time. Do not use more than 1 inhalation in a single day.

Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using umeclidinium?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Umeclidinium side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, rash, severe itching; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using umeclidinium;

  • blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, eye pain or redness, or seeing halos or bright colors around lights;

  • very little urine or a weak stream of urine;

  • painful or difficult urination; or

  • urinating more often.

Common side effects may include:

  • stuffy or runny nose, sinus pain, sneezing;

  • fast or irregular heartbeats;

  • sore throat, cough;

  • bruising or skin discoloration;

  • mouth pain, tooth pain;

  • joint pain;

  • stomach pain; or

  • altered sense of taste.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Umeclidinium dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- Maintenance:

1 inhalation (62.5 mcg) orally once a day
Maximum dose: 1 inhalation every 24 hours

Use: Treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema

What other drugs will affect umeclidinium?

Using umeclidinium with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect umeclidinium, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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