What Is Aclidinium Used For?
By relaxing the muscles around the airways, aclidinium can help improve breathing in people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This prescription medication can help improve many COPD symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, and mucus production. Aclidinium is approved for use in adults only. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label reasons to use this inhaler.
An Overview of Uses for AclidiniumAclidinium bromide (Tudorza™ Pressair™) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is part of a class of drugs known as anticholinergics.
COPD is a lung disease in which the lung is damaged, making it difficult to breathe. The airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause, there are other possible causes of COPD.
Some of the common COPD symptoms include:
- Sputum (mucus) production
- Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
- Chest tightness.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications as part of your COPD treatment, including:
- Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
- Flu shot
- Pneumococcal vaccine.
Lifestyle changes are also recommended (see Living With COPD and COPD Rehabilitation). Aclidinium is a bronchodilator, which means that it helps open up the airways. It is a long-acting, preventative medication, used twice a day to help control and prevent symptoms. It is not a "rescue" medication.