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Tilade Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- What are the possible side effects of nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- What is the most important information I should know about nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- How should I use nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Tilade)?
- What happens if I overdose (Tilade)?
- What should I avoid while using nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- What other drugs will affect nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, or any other serious illness. You may need a lower dose or special monitoring during therapy with nedocromil.
Nedocromil is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use nedocromil inhalation without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether nedocromil passes into breast milk. Do not use nedocromil inhalation without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
The FDA has not approved nedocromil inhalation for use by children younger than 6 years of age.
How should I use nedocromil inhalation (Tilade)?
Use the nedocromil inhaler exactly as directed by your doctor. Read the information insert included with your inhaler. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
If you are also using a bronchodilator such as albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin), pirbuterol (Maxair), or bitolterol (Tornalate), use the bronchodilator first, then use nedocromil inhalation. Using the medications in this order will allow more nedocromil to reach your lungs.
Shake the inhaler several times and uncap the mouthpiece. Breathe out fully. For best results, hold the inhaler 1 to 2 inches in front of your open mouth or attach a spacer to the inhaler and place the spacer in your mouth, above your tongue and past your teeth. Take a deep, slow breath as you push down on the canister. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale slowly. If you place your inhaler directly into your mouth, you may not receive the correct amount of medicine because it will be propelled onto the back of your tongue and/or throat. If you do use your inhaler directly in your mouth, be sure that it is above your tongue and past your teeth.
If your doses consist of more than one puff each, wait for at least 1 full minute after each puff, then repeat the procedure.
It is very important that you use your nedocromil inhaler properly so that the medicine gets into your lungs. Your doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler use.
Do not use more of this medication than is prescribed for you, but use it consistently, as directed, even when you are feeling better. It may be 1 week or longer before you obtain the maximum benefit of this medication. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Nedocromil inhalation will not stop an attack after it has started and should not be used to treat a sudden asthma attack. It is used to prevent attacks from occurring. Keep another medicine on hand to treat attacks.
Continue to take any oral steroid (pills or liquid) that your doctor has prescribed for you. Nedocromil inhalation is not a substitute for an oral steroid.
Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
Keep your inhaler clean and dry. Keep the mouthpiece capped to avoid getting dirt inside it. Clean your inhaler once a day by removing the canister and mouthpiece and immersing the mouthpiece in warm water. Allow the parts to dry, then reassemble the inhaler.
Store nedocromil inhalation at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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