If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor may suggest treatment with Breztri Aerosphere. It’s a brand-name prescription inhaler used for long-term treatment of COPD in adults.

Note: Breztri Aerosphere isn’t used to treat asthma, and it shouldn’t be used as a rescue inhaler. To learn more, see the “What is Breztri Aerosphere used for?” section below.

Breztri Aerosphere basics

Breztri Aerosphere is a kind of triple-therapy combination inhaler. It contains three active drugs:*

An active drug is an ingredient that makes a medication work.

Each of these drugs works in different ways to help keep your airway open.

Breztri Aerosphere currently isn’t available as a generic drug.

“You can learn more about Breztri Aerosphere’s costs, side effects and more.”

Breztri Aerosphere may cause mild or serious side effects. Some of the more common side effects of Breztri Aerosphere are described in the lists below. All possible side effects are not included in these lists.

Side effects of a drug can depend on other factors.

  • Your age.
  • You have other health conditions.
  • You take other drugs.

The doctor or the pharmacy can tell you more about the side effects of Breztri Aerosphere. They can suggest ways to reduce side effects.

Mild side effects

Here’s a short list of some of the mild side effects that Breztri Aerosphere can cause. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or read Breztri Aerosphere’s prescribing information.

There are some mild side effects of Breztri Aerosphere that have been reported.

The side effects of many drugs can be gone in a few days. If they become intolerable, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

There are serious side effects from Breztri Aerosphere that are not common. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor. If you think you have a medical emergency, you should call the emergency number.

There have been serious side effects of Breztri Aerosphere.

The side effect focus section gives more information about this side effect.

Side effect focus

Some of the side effects of Breztri Aerosphere may be discussed.

Weakened immune system

Breztri Aerosphere may weaken your immune system. Budesonide, one of Breztri Aerosphere’s active drugs,* is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids work by decreasing the activity of your immune system, which can increase your risk of mild infections. Examples of mild infections include:

  • The flu.
  • There is oral thrush.
  • The common cold is a respiratory infections.
  • It is a urinary tract problem.

It can also increase your risk of serious infections, including serious lung infections such as pneumonia. This also includes infections you may not normally be at risk of, such as measles, chickenpox, or shingles.

Some symptoms of an infection may occur.

An active drug is an ingredient that makes a medication work.

What can help?

While using Breztri Aerosphere, you may have frequent infections or infections that take a long time to go away. If you think you have an infection while using Breztri Aerosphere, contact your doctor. They can order tests to find out the cause of the infection. Then they might be able to recommend medication to treat it, such as an antibiotic or antiviral drug.

If you think you are having a life threatening symptom from an infection, you should get emergency medical help.

After each dose of Breztri Aerosphere, you should rinse your mouth with water. This can help prevent There is oral thrush.. Be sure to spit the rinse water out instead of swallowing it.

Before you start using Breztri Aerosphere, tell your doctor if you have an infection. They may want to treat the infection before prescribing Breztri Aerosphere to you. And tell your doctor if you have or have had tuberculosis (TB). They may suggest a different drug to treat your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sudden breathing problems after using the drug

While not common, you may have sudden breathing problems after using Breztri Aerosphere. This is called paradoxical bronchospasm, and it’s a known serious but rare side effect of using inhalers.

Symptoms can include:

What can help?

If you have sudden breathing problems during Breztri Aerosphere treatment, stop using the drug and contact your doctor immediately. You may take a dose of your rescue inhaler* if you have breathing problems or your symptoms feel life threatening.

Your doctor will probably tell you to stop using Breztri Aerosphere. They can recommend other treatment options.

* If you suddenly have breathing problems, a rescue inhaler helps ease this by quickly opening up your airways.

Heart problems

Breztri Aerosphere can cause heart problems. This is a side effect of formoterol fumarate.

The drug may cause heart problems.

You may have a higher risk of this side effect if you have certain heart problems already, such as A heart rhythm abnormality., coronary artery disease, or high blood pressure..

There are a few general symptoms of heart problems.

  • There is chest pain or tightness.
  • dizziness
  • It was faint.
  • heart palpitations (feeling like your heart is pounding, beating faster than normal, or skipping a beat)

What can help?

If you have symptoms of a heart problem, contact your doctor. They may want you to stop using the drug. If your symptoms are life threatening, call the emergency room.

Inform your doctor if you have any heart problems. They may recommend another treatment for you.

Allergic reaction

Some people may have an allergic reaction to Breztri Aerosphere.

A mild allergic reaction can include some symptoms.

A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under your skin, typically in your eyelids, lips, hands, or feet. They can also include swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat, which can cause breathing problems.

If you have an allergic reaction to Breztri Aerosphere, call your doctor. If you think you have a medical emergency, call the emergency number.

There are many factors that affect the cost of prescription drugs. What your insurance plan covers is one of the factors. The cost of the drug with insurance and without it is discussed with your pharmacist.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. And you can visit the Breztri Aerosphere manufacturer’s website to see if it has support options.

Also, check out this article to learn more about saving money on prescriptions.

Symbicort and Breztri Aerosphere are both drugs approved for long-term treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. Symbicort is also FDA-approved to treat asthma in adults.

Breztri has three active drugs. Symbicort contains two drugs.

You should not use either Breztri Aerosphere or Symbicort as rescue inhalers. Rescue inhalers are used to quickly open your airways in an emergency.

You can talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the differences between Breztri Aerosphere and Symbicort.

Both Breztri Aerosphere and Trelegy Ellipta can be prescribed for long-term treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you’d like to know how Breztri Aerosphere and Trelegy Ellipta compare, see this article. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor about which drug is right for your COPD.

Find answers to questions about Breztri Aerosphere.

How does Breztri Aerosphere compare with the alternatives Symbicort, Advair, and Spiriva?

Breztri Aerosphere, Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol fumarate), Advair (The flu.ticasone propionate and salmeterol), and Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) are all inhalers prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These drugs can cause some similar side effects, and some different ones as well. They also have different dosages. And these inhalers should not be used together.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how Breztri Aerosphere compares to other alternatives.

Does Breztri Aerosphere treat asthma?

No, Breztri Aerosphere doesn’t treat asthma. The drug hasn’t been studied for treating asthma, so it’s not known if it’s safe or effective for this condition.

If you want to learn more about drugs that are used to treat asthma, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Should I use Breztri Aerosphere to treat sudden breathing problems?

Breztri Aerosphere should not be used to treat breathing problems.

Breztri Aerosphere isn’t a rescue inhaler. Rescue inhalers quickly open up your airways if you have a breathing emergency. Breztri Aerosphere doesn’t work quickly enough to be used as a rescue inhaler. Instead, it’s meant to be used every day, regardless of whether you’re having COPD symptoms.

During Breztri Aerosphere treatment, continue using your rescue inhaler, such as albuterol (ProAir), as your doctor instructs. And if your COPD symptoms ever feel life threatening, call 911 or seek emergency medical help.

Your doctor will recommend the dosage of Breztri Aerosphere that’s right for you. Below are commonly used dosages, but always take the dosage your doctor prescribes.

Form

Breztri Aerosphere is an aerosol inside an inhaler. You use the drug in the inhaler to breathe in. The device is called Aeroosphere.

Recommended dosage

To treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you take two puffs of Breztri Aerosphere twice each day by mouth.

Questions about Breztri Aerosphere’s dosage

There are answers to a few questions.

  • What if I miss a dose of Breztri Aerosphere? If you miss a dose of this drug, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at its scheduled time. Don’t take more than one dose (two puffs) of Breztri Aerosphere to make up for a missed dose.
  • Will I need to use Breztri Aerosphere long term? If you and your doctor agree Breztri Aerosphere is working well for you, you’ll likely use the drug long term.
  • How long does Breztri Aerosphere take to work? Breztri Aerosphere begins working as soon as you take a dose. But you may not notice your condition getting better right away. Breztri Aerosphere is meant to work over time to help stop COPD symptoms from becoming worse.

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor may suggest treatment with Breztri Aerosphere. It’s a brand-name prescription inhaler used for long-term treatment of COPD in adults. (This is also referred to as maintenance treatment.)

Breztri Aerosphere is not a cure for COPD. It works to help keep your lung function from getting worse. This may help with COPD symptoms.

Note: Breztri Aerosphere isn’t used to treat asthma, and it shouldn’t be used as a rescue inhaler.

If you suddenly have breathing problems, a rescue inhaler will quickly open up your airways to help you breathe. Breztri Aerosphere doesn’t work quickly enough to be used this way. Instead, it’s meant to be used every day, regardless of whether you’re having COPD symptoms.

During Breztri Aerosphere treatment, continue using a rescue inhaler, such as albuterol (ProAir), as your doctor instructs. And if you have COPD symptoms that feel life threatening, call 911 or seek emergency medical help.

How Breztri Aerosphere works

Breztri Aerosphere is a kind of triple-therapy combination inhaler. It contains three active drugs, each of which works differently to help keep your airways open:*

  • Budesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid: Reduces inflammation in your airways, which can make it easier to breathe.
  • Formoterol fumarate, a long-acting beta-agonist: Helps to relax lung muscles and open up your airways.
  • Glycopyrrolate, an anticholinergic: Stops a certain chemical produced by your body from tightening your airways, which leads to lung muscle relaxation and opening up your airways.

An active drug is an ingredient that makes a medication work.

“Your doctor will explain how to use Breztri Aerosphere. They will explain how much to take and how often. Follow your doctor’s instructions.”

Using Breztri Aerosphere

Breztri Aerosphere is an aerosol inside an inhaler. You use the inhaler to breathe in the drug. The device is called Aeroosphere.

The recommended dose of Breztri Aerosphere is two puffs taken by mouth. Four puffs per day is the maximum.

After each dose of Breztri Aerosphere, you should rinse your mouth with water. This can help prevent There is oral thrush., a possible side effect of Breztri Aerosphere. Be sure to spit the rinse water out instead of swallowing it.

Breztri Aerosphere inhaler instructions

For details on using the Breztri Aerosphere inhaler, check out this guide from the drug’s manufacturer. It gives step-by-step instructions for the device.

If you still have questions about how to use your Breztri Aerosphere, you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Accessible medication containers and labels

“If you can’t read the label on your prescription, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies may provide medication labels.”

  • Have a large print.
  • Use the visual aids.
  • You can use a code on a phone to change the text into audio.

“If your current pharmacy doesn’t offer these options, your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a new pharmacy.”

Using Breztri Aerosphere with other drugs

During Breztri Aerosphere treatment, you should continue using your rescue inhaler as instructed by your doctor. Breztri Aerosphere isn’t meant to be used as a rescue inhaler. For more information, see the “What is Breztri Aerosphere used for?” section above.

Your doctor may prescribe Breztri Aerosphere alone or with other drugs used for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have questions about using Breztri Aerosphere with other drugs, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Should I take my dose of Breztri Aerosphere with food?

You can take your dose with or without food.

Questions for your doctor

You may have questions about your treatment plan. Discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Here are a few tips that might help you.

  • Before your appointment, write down questions such as:
    • How will Breztri Aerosphere affect me?
  • Bring someone with you to your appointment to make you feel more comfortable.
  • “If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it.”

“Your doctor and other healthcare professionals are available to help you. They want you to get the best care possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or give feedback on your treatment”

Before using Breztri Aerosphere for your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important to talk with your doctor. Some important things to discuss with your doctor when considering treatment with Breztri Aerosphere include your overall health and any medical conditions you may have.

You should tell your doctor if you take any drugs.

Interactions

Taking a medication with certain vaccines, foods, and other things can affect how the medication works. These effects are called interactions.

Before using Breztri Aerosphere, you should tell your doctor about all your medication. You should describe any vitamins, herbs, or supplements you use. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you about any interactions that may occur.

Interactions with drugs or supplements

Breztri Aerosphere can interact with drugs. These drugs are used.

The drugs on this list are not all that may interact with Breztri Aerosphere. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about these interactions.

Warnings

If you have a medical condition that affects your health, Breztri Aerosphere may not be right for you. Before using Breztri Aerosphere, you should talk to your doctor about your health history. The factors to consider are listed below.

  • Bladder or prostate problems. Let your doctor know if you have bladder or prostate problems, such as urinary retention. Treatment with Breztri Aerosphere could make your condition worse. Your doctor can determine whether using Breztri Aerosphere is safe for you.
  • Diabetes. Breztri Aerosphere can increase your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, Breztri Aerosphere could worsen your condition. Your doctor may have you monitor your blood sugar levels more closely while you’re using this drug.
  • Eye problems. If you have eye problems, such as glaucoma or cataracts, be sure to tell your doctor before you start Breztri Aerosphere treatment. Breztri Aerosphere could worsen your eye condition. Let your doctor know about any eye problems you have so they can determine whether Breztri Aerosphere is safe for you to use.
  • Heart problems. It’s not common, but Breztri Aerosphere can cause some heart-related side effects, including high blood pressure. and an A heart rhythm abnormality.. If you already have a heart problem, Breztri Aerosphere could make it worse. Tell your doctor about any heart problems you have, so they can determine whether Breztri Aerosphere is safe for you to use.
  • Weakened immune system. Before using Breztri Aerosphere, tell your doctor if you have a weakened immune system. Budesonide, one of Breztri Aerosphere’s active drugs, can weaken your immune system further. This may put you at higher risk of infection. Your doctor can determine if Breztri Aerosphere is safe for you to use.
  • Kidney problems. It’s not known how safe or effective Breztri Aerosphere is in people with kidney problems. Talk with your doctor about any kidney problems you have. They can discuss the risks and benefits of using Breztri Aerosphere with your condition.
  • Liver problems. Your body uses your liver to break down and rid itself of Breztri Aerosphere. If you have liver problems, your body may not be able to break down Breztri Aerosphere as well as it should. This could increase your risk of side effects from using the drug. Talk with your doctor about your liver problems and the risks and benefits of using Breztri Aerosphere.
  • Osteoporosis. Breztri Aerosphere cancause osteoporosis. If you already have osteoporosis, using Breztri Aerosphere could make your condition worse. Your doctor can determine whether Breztri Aerosphere is safe for you to use. If you do use Breztri Aerosphere, they may monitor your bone health more closely during treatment.
  • Allergic reaction. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to Breztri Aerosphere or any of its ingredients, your doctor will likely not prescribe Breztri Aerosphere. Ask your doctor what other medications are better options for you.

Breztri Aerosphere and alcohol

There is no known interaction between drinking alcohol and using Breztri Aeroosphere.

But some research has shown heavy drinking can worsen lung function over time. If you have COPD and choose to consume alcohol, it’s best to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol.

If you have questions about how much alcohol is safe to consume, talk to your doctor.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It is not known if it is safe to use Breztri Aerosphere while pregnant. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should talk with your doctor before using the drug. They can discuss the risks and benefits of using Breztri Aerosphere during pregnancy. They can tell you about alternative treatments that are safer.

It is not known if it is safe to use Breztri Aerosphere while breastfeeding. Before you start using this drug, you should talk to your doctor about how to feed your child during treatment.

“Don’t use more Breztri Aerosphere than your doctor tells you to. Side effects can be serious if you use more than this.”

Symptoms of overdose

There are symptoms caused by an overdose.

What to do in case you use too much Breztri Aerosphere

Call your doctor if you think you’ve used too much Breztri Aerosphere. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers, or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number. Or go to the nearest emergency room.

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor may recommend treatment with Breztri Aerosphere. It’s a prescription inhaler used for treating COPD in adults.

Before you start taking the drug, you should ask your doctor questions. This can help you decide if it is right for you. Here are a few questions to ask.

  • Should I stop taking my other COPD medications if I use Breztri Aerosphere?
  • How will I know if Breztri Aerosphere is working for me?
  • Will I need to have lab tests? How often will I need to have them?

You may want to ask your doctor about other treatments for COPD. This article contains information about other treatments used for COPD, including other inhalers.

Q:

“My doctor told me that Breztri Aerosphere isn’t a cure for COPD. I am interested in learning more about the benefits of taking the drug.”

Anonymous

A:

“Breztri Aerosphere can help manage and decrease symptoms associated with COPD. It can slow the disease’s progression.”

Studies show that using Breztri Aerosphere every day can reduce flare-ups and hospitalizations, as well as improve your quality of life. If you have other concerns regarding Breztri Aerosphere and COPD, talk with your doctor.

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