Aclidinium is a drug to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, battery at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Please note that this drug cannot cure COPD. Aclidinium should not be used carelessly and must be in accordance with a doctor's prescription.  

Aclidinium works by relaxing the muscles in the respiratory tract. That way, the respiratory tract can widen and air flow to and from the lungs can be smoother.

What Is Aclidinium

The groupPrescription drugs
CategoryBronchodilators type of anticholinergic
BenefitRelieve COPD symptoms
Used byMature
Aclidinium for pregnant and lactating womenCategory C: Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women. Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

It is not known whether Aclidinium is absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.

Drug formInhaler

Precautions Before Using Aclidinium

Aclidinium should only be used according to a doctor's prescription. Here are some things you need to keep in mind before using aclidinium:

  • Do not use aclidinium if you are allergic to this medicine, atropine, or milk protein. Tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had an enlarged prostate gland , liver disease, glaucoma , or bladder disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, herbal products, or supplements.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
  • See your doctor right away if you have an allergic drug reaction, serious side effect, or overdose after using aclidinium.

Dosage and Rules of Use Aclidinium

Acilidinum is available in the form of an inhaled liquid that is used by inhalation through an inhaler . The dose and duration of aclidinium treatment will be determined by the doctor. In general, the dose to treat respiratory distress due to COPD is 1 inhalation containing 322 mcg aclidinium, 2 times a day.

How to Use Aclidinium Properly

Follow the doctor's advice and read the information on the medicine package before using aclidinium. Do not increase or decrease the dose without consulting your doctor first.

Before using the inhaler, make sure the suction edge of the mouth is clean and dry. Open the inhaler cap, then place the inhaler mouthpiece between the upper and lower teeth and close the mouth. Press the top of the inhaler to let the medicine out into the mouthpiece and inhale the medicine.

Wait a few seconds before releasing the inhaler , and then breathe again as usual. After that, clean the inhaler with a dry tissue. Do not mix the inhaler for this medicine with other medicines.

Take aclidinium at the same time each day. If you forget to use it, immediately use aclidinium if the interval for the next use is not too close. If it is close, ignore it and do not double the dose.

Store aclidinium at room temperature and in a closed container, so that it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Keep this medicine out of reach of children.

Aclidinium Interactions with Other Drugs

There are several effects of drug interactions that may occur if aclidinium is used with certain drugs, including:

  • Increased side effects of aclidinium when used with anticholinergic-type bronchodilators, such as tiotropium or ipratropium
  • Increased toxic effect of aclidinium when used with glucagon
  • Decreased effectiveness of aclidinium when used with revefenacin
  • Increased effectiveness of aclidinium when used with pramlintide

Side Effects and Dangers of Aclidinium

Some of the side effects that can occur after using aclidinium are:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat , stuffy nose, or runny nose
  • Nauseous
  • Diarrhea

Consult a doctor if the above complaints do not subside. See your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to a drug or a more serious side effect, such as:

  • Chest pain , palpitations, or irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision, eye pain, or swollen eyes
  • Difficulty or pain when urinating
  • Unusual tiredness or fainting

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