Talk to your doctor
Your doctor can offer valuable support as you manage COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that usually causes breathing to get worse over time. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD also includes episodes called flare-ups (also known as exacerbations).
With COPD, your symptoms and needs may change over time. That’s why it’s important to build a trusting relationship with your doctor.
Your doctor can help:
- Answer questions about COPD and available medicines
- Evaluate the severity of your COPD and keep an eye on changes in your condition
- Teach you how to manage COPD at home
- Oversee preventive health efforts, such as flu shots and stopping smoking
You can help by:
- Being open with concerns you have. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor if you’re worried about your health
- Being honest about health habits. Even if you have bad habits—smoking, eating poorly—tell your doctor, so you can get the best possible treatment
- Not being embarrassed. Ask about anything you don’t understand. It’s better for you and your doctor if you understand everything completely
- Being clear. Avoid descriptions like "I don´t feel right." Be specific: "I’m more short of breath than I was last week"
- Following up. Pick up medications on the way home. Write down new information. Consider sharing information with a loved one
Work with your doctor to develop a COPD treatment plan.
- Stopping smoking is the only thing that can slow the progression of COPD, but a complete treatment plan could help you breathe easier
- Consider prescription treatments, lifestyle changes, management techniques, and—in later stages—the possibility of oxygen therapy
- Maintenance treatments like SPIRIVA and others can help you breathe better. Talk to your doctor to see if SPIRIVA is right for you
Do not use SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray or Spiriva® HandiHaler® (tiotropium bromide inhalation powder) 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.
Before using SPIRIVA HandiHaler, tell your doctor if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HandiHaler can cause your breathing to suddenly get worse (bronchospasm). If this happens, use your rescue inhaler, stop taking SPIRIVA, and call your doctor right away or seek emergency medical care.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HandiHaler can increase the pressure in your eyes (acute narrow angle-glaucoma) which can cause the following symptoms: eye pain, blurred vision, seeing halos or colored images along with red eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking your medicine and call your doctor right away.
Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HandiHaler. If you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car, or operating appliances or other machines.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HandiHaler can cause new or worsened urinary retention. Symptoms of blockage in your bladder and/or enlarged prostate may include difficulty passing urine, and/or painful urination. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking your medicine and call your doctor right away.
The most common side effects with SPIRIVA HandiHaler in patients with COPD include upper respiratory tract infection, dry mouth, sinus infection, sore throat, non-specific chest pain, urinary tract infection, indigestion, runny nose, constipation, increased heart rate and blurred vision.
The most common side effects reported with SPIRIVA RESPIMAT in patients with COPD include sore throat, cough, dry mouth and sinus infection.
Do not swallow SPIRIVA capsules. The contents of the capsule should only be inhaled through your mouth using the HandiHaler device.
Do not spray SPIRIVA RESPIMAT into your eyes, as this may cause blurring of vision and pupil dilation.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including kidney problems, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, problems passing urine or blockage in your bladder.
Tell your doctor all the medicines you take, including eye drops. Ask your doctor if you are taking any anticholinergic medicines because taking them together with SPIRIVA can increase side effects. Do not use SPIRIVA RESPIMAT and SPIRIVA HandiHaler together.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT, 2.5 mcg, and SPIRIVA HandiHaler are prescription medicines used once daily (maintenance medicines) to control symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by relaxing your airways and keeping them open. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA HandiHaler also reduces the likelihood of flare-ups (COPD exacerbations).
SPIRIVA is not a treatment for sudden symptoms of COPD.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Prescribing Information for SPIRIVA RESPIMAT, including Instructions for Use, and full Prescribing Information for SPIRIVA HandiHaler, including Patient Information and Instructions for Use.
The information provided on this site is for general information and educational purposes only. You should always consult a doctor for diagnosing and treating a health or fitness problem, and before using any drug product discussed on this site.