You can reduce your risk of COPD flare-ups.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious disease, usually caused by long-term damage to the lungs and airways, which makes it difficult to breathe. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.
COPD can also include flare-ups, which your doctor may call exacerbations. A flare‑up is an abrupt worsening of any or all of these COPD symptoms: uncontrollable coughing, increased mucus production, extreme fatigue, and a sudden shortness of breath. It can happen at any time, making it much more difficult to breathe. Flare-ups can lead to hospitalization or even death—but they aren't inevitable. Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce the risk of COPD flare-ups.
What is a COPD flare-up?
Flare-ups are an abrupt worsening of any of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Increased mucus production when you cough
- Extreme tiredness or fatigue
With a flare-up, you may experience:
- A need for treatment beyond your normal maintenance medication
- Symptoms requiring hospitalization
If you think you may be experiencing a flare-up, call your doctor. A flare-up may require immediate medical attention. And if your symptoms are severe, call 911 and your doctor.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT can help significantly lower your risk of having a flare-up and can help you breathe better.
- SPIRIVA RESPIMAT is steroid-free. You take it once a day, every day. It helps improve your lung function by keeping your airways open for up to 24 hours. SPIRIVA also helps to significantly lower your risk of COPD flare-ups
- SPIRIVA will not provide the fast relief you need in the event of a flare-up, and can’t replace your rescue inhaler for treating sudden breathing problems
- It’s important to talk to your doctor about the separate roles of rescue and maintenance treatments
In addition to adding SPIRIVA to your treatment plan, there are things you can do to improve your overall health: if you smoke, quit, and try to identify your COPD triggers. Do everything you can to avoid respiratory illnesses or infections—talk to your doctor about the flu shot, pneumonia vaccine, and other things you can do and how you can breathe better with SPIRIVA.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
for SPIRIVA RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray and
SPIRIVA HANDIHALER (tiotropium bromide inhalation powder)
Do not use SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HANDIHALER if you are allergic to tiotropium, ipratropium, atropine or similar drugs, or any ingredient in these medicines.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HANDIHALER are not rescue medicines and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems. Your doctor may give you other medicine to use for sudden breathing problems.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HANDIHALER can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms can include raised red patches on your skin (hives), itching, rash and/or swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking the medicine and seek emergency medical care.More Important Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
for STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray
People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) medicines, such as olodaterol (one of the medicines in STIOLTO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines, such as olodaterol, increase the risk of death in people with COPD. STIOLTO is approved for COPD only. STIOLTO is NOT to be used in asthma.
Do not use STIOLTO if you are allergic to tiotropium, ipratropium, atropine or similar drugs, olodaterol, or any ingredient in STIOLTO. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including: rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, and breathing problems.
Do not use STIOLTO for treating sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler but it does not relieve your breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using STIOLTO.
Do not use STIOLTO more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not use STIOLTO with other LABAs or anticholinergics.More Important Safety Information