Glycopyrronium

Easy-to-read medicine information about glycopyrronium - what is it, how to take glycopyrronium safely and possible side effects. Glycopyrronium is also called Seebri®

Type of medicine Also called
  • Long-acting bronchodilator (opens the airways)
  • Antimuscarinic bronchodilator


  • Seebri®

What is glycopyrronium?

  • Glycopyrronium is used to treat the symptoms of  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • It works by relaxing and opening up the air passages and in that way makes breathing easier, improves shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing.
  • Glycopyrronium is not used to treat sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler or quick-acting inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Glycopyrronium is available as inhalation capsules to be used with the Breezhaler inhaler device.
  • Glycopyrronium is also available in combination with indacaterol - see glycopyrronium + indacaterol

Dose

  • The dose of glycopyrronium is 1 capsule inhaled once a day.
  • Inhale the powder in the capsule using the Breezhaler device. Do not swallow the capsules.
  • Glycopyrronium is a long-acting medication which means that its effects lasts for 24 hours.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much to use, how often to use it and any special instructions.

How to use glycopyrronium

Special instructions

  • Use your glycopyrronium inhaler device once a day.
  • Try using it at about the same time each day.
  • Glycopyrronium starts working within a few hours, but it may take longer to feel the full effects.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take double the dose.
  • Keep using glycopyrronium every day, even if you feel better. This will help to keep you free of symptoms throughout the day and night.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines glycopyrronium can cause unwanted side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often unwanted side effects improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine.

Side effects What should I do?
  • Dry mouth
  • A change in voice (hoarse voice)
  • A different taste in your mouth
  • After using your inhaler device, rinse your mouth to prevent dry mouth and throat irritation
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome.
  • Headache
  • Difficulty urinating (peeing)
  • Tell your doctor if troublesome
  • Changes in your heartbeat (fast or irregular)
  • Tell your doctor immediately or ring Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Difficulty breathing or worsening of your breathing problem.
  • Tell your doctor immediately or ring Healthline on 0800 611 116

Learn more

Medsafe Consumer Information Sheets:
Seebri Breezhaler

Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist. Reviewed By: Carolyn Woolerton, Pharmacist, MedWise, August 2016