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Alupent is a prescription medication used as a bronchodilator to treat the symptoms of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung diseases that cause wheezing or shortness of breath by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open and allowing easier breathing.
The active ingredient in Alupent is Orciprenaline, also known as metaproterenol sulfate. Orciprenaline is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs called beta-agonists. It works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airways, allowing for easier breathing in patients with conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Uses and Dosage
Orciprenaline tablets are taken orally with or without food as per the doctor's directions, usually 3 to 4 times a day, and the dosage depends on the patient's medical condition and response to therapy. Take the tablets exactly as prescribed, neither more often nor in larger amounts than recommended.
When the medication is directed for daily use, taking it at regular intervals each day will yield maximum benefits. Patients who use other asthma drugs, whether orally or via inhalation devices, should consult with their doctor on how to correctly use Orciprenaline in conjunction with their other asthma medications.
The recommended dosages of Orciprenaline vary depending on the patient's age and medical condition. Generally, adults are advised to take 10 mL of Orciprenaline three or four times daily, while children between the ages of 4 and 12 take 5 mL of Orciprenaline three times daily. Children over the age of 9 or weighing over 60 pounds may take 20 mg of Orciprenaline three or four times daily.
Common Side Effects of Alupent (Orciprenaline):
- Dry mouth
- Sleep problem (insomnia)
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Alupent (Orciprenaline):
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Fast heart rate
- Fluttering in your chest
- Pounding heartbeats
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Worsening or no improvement in your symptoms
Form and Strength
Alupent (Orciprenaline) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 10 mg
- Alupent should be used with caution in patients with certain conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes. Inform the doctor of any such conditions before using Alupent.
- Additionally, some medications may interact with Alupent, be sure to inform your healthcare provider of any other medications being taken.
- Alupent can cause an allergic reaction in some patients. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Alupent may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Patients should seek medical attention immediately if they experience any of these symptoms.
- Alupent may cause dizziness or lightheadedness in some patients, which can affect their ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until they know how Alupent affects them.
- Use with caution in patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes.
- Use with caution in patients with a history of seizures or other neurological disorders.
- Use with caution in patients with a history of allergic reactions to other beta-agonist drugs.
- Alupent may interact with other medications, including other bronchodilators and certain medications used to treat high blood pressure or heart disease.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Alupent be used in children?
Alupent may be used in children, but the dosage may need to be adjusted based on the child's weight and other factors. Consult with a pediatrician before administering Alupent to a child.
How should Alupent be stored?
Alupent should be stored at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C), away from light and moisture. It should be kept out of the reach of children.
Can Alupent be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare provider before using Alupent.
Can Alupent be used to treat COPD?
Yes, Alupent may be used to treat COPD, but its effectiveness may vary depending on the individual patient.
How often can Alupent be used?
The frequency of Alupent use may vary depending on the patient's condition and the doctor's instructions. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by the doctor or pharmacist and not exceed the recommended dosage.
How quickly does Alupent start working?
The onset of action for Alupent varies from patient to patient. Generally, the medication starts working within a few minutes of inhalation.
It's important to purchase Alupent from verified Canadian pharmacy.