Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide)
What is Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) used for?
Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) is an inhalable medication used for the long-term treatment of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It operates by relaxing the airways to allow easier and more comfortable respiration. Your doctor may prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well. Please note that this treatment is only meant to prevent asthma attacks from occurring and should not be used as an attack occurs. Always keep an emergency inhaler on hand for this situation.
How should I use Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide)?
Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) is normally administered twice daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Your individual instructions will be based on your weight, age, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. To use the medication gently shake the inhaler to mix its contents, remove the cap, exhale deeply, place the mouth securely over the mouthpiece, and inhale deeply while pressing down on the canister to draw the medication into the lungs. You are suggested to hold your breath for twenty seconds or as long as is comfortable for you to allow the medicine to be absorbed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide)?
The use of Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious or worrying symptoms appear such as chest pain, blurry vision, sores appearing in or around the mouth, painful urination, or urinary retention. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) should not be used by patients who are under the age of eighteen, allergic to tiotropium, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments from the past. Also disclose if you have closed angle glaucoma, an abnormal heart rhythm, an enlarged prostate, or reduced kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Spiriva (Tiotropium Bromide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.