Drug name: Daliresp
eneric name: Roflumilast
Strengths: 500mcg, 250 mcg
Formulation: Film coated tablet
What is Daliresp used for
This medication is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as wheezing and shortness of breath. To treat COPD, it should be used with other medicines (bronchodilators like salmeterol and ipratropium).
Controlling the symptoms of breathing problems may allow you to return to work or school sooner.
How does Daliresp work
It helps by alleviating airway irritation and inflammation. To be successful, this medicine must be used on a daily basis. It does not act immediately and should not be used to treat shortness of breath or wheezing that occurs suddenly. Use your quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, also known as salbutamol) as directed by your doctor, if you experience unexpected breathing issues.
Daliresp mechanism of action
This medication is a phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor with high selectivity. PDE4 inhibition decreases the production of inflammatory mediators and can help to prevent tissue damage, enabling respiratory muscles to relax and consequently enhancing lung function.
Daliresp 500 mcg
The initial dose of Daliresp 250 mcg is just for the first four weeks of therapy and is not the effective (therapeutic) amount.
Daliresp is taken once a day, with or without meals, at a dosage of 500 micrograms (mcg), as the maintenance dose.
In certain individuals, starting therapy with Daliresp 250 mcg once daily for four weeks and then increasing to Daliresp 500 mcg once daily may lower the risk of treatment cessation. The effective (therapeutic) dosage is not however 250 mcg per day.
Always follow your doctorâ€™s guidelines about the dosage and usage of this medication.
Is Daliresp a steroid
No, it is not. This medication is the only COPD medication of its kind, and it operates in a different way than steroids.
Daliresp side effects
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sleep problems
- Back pain
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Mood and behavioral changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Impulsive thinking
- Thoughts of suicide
- Fast and unintentional weight loss
- Pain or burning with urination
This drug might cause serious adverse effects. If you have any significant side effects, contact your doctor immediately, or dial 911 or your local emergency number.
These aren’t the only adverse effects that come with it. Other, perhaps more rare side effects should be discussed with your doctor and pharmacist. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor about any allergies you have, medications you are taking, and any previous medical history you have.
Inform your doctor about all of your existing medications, as well as any that you begin or stop taking. Many medicines interact with one another, and certain pharmaceuticals should never be used together.
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