SPIRIVA RESPIMAT (Tiotropium) is an inhaled medication prescribed to treat asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients with these conditions may have trouble breathing because of bronchospasms, which is an abnormal tightening of the muscles of the lungs.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT works by binding to receptors on the surface of muscle cells in the lung called muscarinic-receptors. When SPIRIVA RESPIMAT binds to these receptors, it causes lung muscles to relax, causing bronchodilation and making breathing easier.
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The SPIRIVA RESPIMAT dosage is different depending on what you are using the medication for.
- Asthma: Two inhalations of SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 1.25 mcg once daily
- COPD: Two inhalations of SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 2.5 mcg once daily
You must take the medication every day for the full effect. SPIRIVA RESPIMAT is not a rescue inhaler, and should not be used to treat acute bronchospasm.
The active ingredient in SPIRIVA is tiotropium bromide. Tiotropium is also the name for SPIRIVA RESPIMAT generic.
Some patients have reported bronchospasm while taking SPIRIVA RESPIMAT and similar medication. If you have a worsening of symptoms, stop taking the medication and call your doctor.
Use SPIRIVA RESPIMAT with caution if you have narrow-angle glaucoma because this medication can make symptoms worse.
Anticholinergics like SPIRIVA RESPIMAT can worsen urinary retention. Use with caution if you have a history of prostatic hyperplasia or bladder neck obstruction.
The most common adverse reactions while taking SPIRIVA are:
- Dry mouth
- Non-specific chest pain
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
The side effects may be different depending on whether you are treating asthma or COPD. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for the entire list of side effects that applies to you.
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