Glycopyrrolate

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Cuvposa; Glycate; Robinul; Robinul-Forte

Brand Names: Canada

Glycopyrrolate Injection, USP; Seebri Breezhaler

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat GI (gastrointestinal) ulcers.
  • It is used to reduce drooling.
  • In surgery, it is used to lower secretions such as saliva.
  • It is used to treat COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Oral and shot:

  • If you have any of these health problems: Heart problems due to bleeding, enlarged colon, glaucoma, bowel block, myasthenia gravis, slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract, ulcerative colitis, or trouble passing urine.
  • If you are taking potassium tablets.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • If you are using another drug like this one.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Oral and shot:

  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • Bright lights may bother you. Wear sunglasses.
  • Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.

Tablets:

  • Do not give to a child younger than 12 years of age.

Shot:

  • Some products have benzyl alcohol. Do not give a product that has benzyl alcohol in it to a newborn. Talk with the doctor to see if this product has benzyl alcohol in it.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • This drug is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use more than what your doctor told you to use. Do not use more often or longer than what you were told. Doing any of these things may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
  • Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often.
  • If this drug gets in the eyes, rinse with water right away. Call the doctor right away if this drug gets in the eyes and blurred eyesight, worsened glaucoma, or eye pain happens.
  • If you are 75 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 18 years of age.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.

Oral and shot:

  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Belly pain.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Fever.
  • Fast breathing.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Mood changes.
  • Change in sex ability.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Seeing halos or bright colors around lights.
  • Red eyes.
  • This drug can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using this drug, use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

All products:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Runny nose.
  • Throat irritation.
  • Cough.

Oral and shot:

  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Flushing.
  • Dry skin.
  • Change in taste.
  • Headache.

Shot:

  • Irritation or swelling where the shot was given.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • Nose irritation.
  • Pain in arms or legs.
  • Sinus pain.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Belly pain.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Neck pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All oral products:

  • Take as you have been told, even if you feel well.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

Tablets:

  • Take with or without food.

Solution:

  • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Use as you have been told, even if you feel well.
  • Use this drug at the same time of day.
  • Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
  • Only use the device that comes with this drug. Do not use any other devices.
  • Do not take this drug out of the blister pack until you are ready to take it. Take this drug right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the removed drug for future use.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • Do not take the device apart or wash it. Do not use it with a spacer. Do not breathe out into the device.
  • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
  • If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
  • Use new puffer (inhaler) with each refill.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

All oral products:

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Shot:

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take more than 1 dose of this drug in the same day.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All oral products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

Shot:

  • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

Glycopyrronium capsules for breathing in:

  • Store in the original container at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-09-23

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