This medication is used for long term treatments to help prevent and decrease wheezing and shortness of breath caused by various breathing problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This medication belongs to class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists (LABAs). Olodaterol is also known as a bronchodilator.
This medication works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. By controlling the symptoms of these breathing problems, you can then decrease your time spent away from work or school.
This medication does not work right away and therefore should not be used as a quick relief inhaler for sudden shortness of breath. You should always have your quick relief inhaler on your person.
Read any information that has been provided to you by your doctor before you begin to take this medication and if you have any questions consult with your doctor.
Make sure you follow all the instructions on how to prime your inhaler if you are using it for the first time, or if it has been more than 3 to 21 days. When priming the inhaler, spray away from your face and towards the ground.
When ready, inhale this medication by mouth. Usually only once a day. Just be sure to wait at least 1 minute between each inhalation. And if you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication.
Do not use more of this medication or use it more often than prescribed since this may cause serious side effects. Do not use more than 2 inhalations of olodaterol a day.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Olodaterol Hydrochloride; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history. Especially if you have ever dealt with any of these experiences in the past; heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, angina, previous heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Olodaterol may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using olodaterol, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using olodaterol safely.
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While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Nervousness, shaking (tremor), and trouble sleeping may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: pounding heartbeat, muscle cramps/weakness, increased thirst/urination, joint pain.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, rapid breathing, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.
Rarely, this medication has caused severe (possibly fatal), sudden worsening of breathing problems (paradoxical bronchospasm). If you have trouble breathing or sudden wheezing, use your quick-relief inhaler and get medical help right away.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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