TREATMENT WITH DALIRESP
DALIRESP is the only medicine of its kind for COPD and works differently from steroids. It belongs to a group of medications called PDE4 (phosphodiesterase-4) inhibitors. This medication helps to reduce the risk of COPD flare-ups for people with severe COPD. It comes in an oral tablet form.
You may not feel anything when you take DALIRESP, but that does not mean it is not working. Just as you may not feel blood pressure or cholesterol medications working, you may not feel DALIRESP working, but it is helping to lower your risk of a future flare-up.
Dosing information and how to take DALIRESP
DALIRESP comes in 2 different starting doses: 250 mcg and 500 mcg. Your doctor has determined which dose is appropriate for you to start on. DALIRESP is taken once daily, with or without food.
A STARTING DOSE OPTION 250 MCG
If your doctor started you on the 250-mcg dose, you should take it once daily for the first 4 weeks only. After the first 4 weeks, you will increase to the 500-mcg dose. The 250-mcg dose is a starting dose only. It is not the effective dose and should not be taken for more than the first 4 weeks.
A STARTING DOSE OPTION AND THE MAINTENANCE DOSE 500 MCG
If your doctor started you on the 500-mcg dose, you will stay on that dose as the maintenance dose.
If your doctor prescribes DALIRESP, it is important that you continue to take the medication exactly as your doctor tells you to. If you take more than your prescribed dose of DALIRESP, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
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Who should not take DALIRESP?
Do not take DALIRESP if you have certain liver problems.Talk with your doctor before taking DALIRESP if you have liver problems.
You should store DALIRESP at room temperature (68˚F to 77˚F). However, storage as low as 59˚F and as high as 86˚F is permitted for short periods of time. Keep DALIRESP tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children.
What should I tell my doctor before taking DALIRESP?
Before you take DALIRESP, tell your doctor if you have or have had a history of mental health problems, including depression and suicidal behavior; have liver problems; have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant since it is not known if DALIRESP will harm your unborn baby; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed since it is not known if DALIRESP passes into your breast milk.
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