COPD and SPIRIVA
Breathing with COPD is no small thing.
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. Symptoms of COPD could include wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath—and they may vary from day to day. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD also includes episodes called flare-ups (also known as exacerbations). COPD is a chronic and progressive condition, so it will never go away completely. While stopping smoking is the only thing that can slow the progression of COPD, taking SPIRIVA daily could help improve your breathing.
Remember: COPD is treatable.
Start managing your COPD. Pay attention to symptoms, such as occasional shortness of breath and/or wheezing, as well as any loss of ability to be physically active. Stopping smoking is the only thing that can slow the progression of COPD
Maintenance treatments like SPIRIVA can help you breathe better. Remember, check with your doctor to see if SPIRIVA is right for you
If you have COPD, taking SPIRIVA daily can help you breathe better and improve lung function by opening airways for 24 hours. SPIRIVA is not a rescue inhaler and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems. Your doctor may give you other medicine to use for sudden breathing problems
COPD flare-ups are episodes of new or increasing symptoms, such as: cough, mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, or tightness in the chest. When you experience a COPD flare-up, you may require treatment beyond your normal maintenance medication and, in some cases, flare-ups may require hospitalization
COPD is not the same as asthma. And although smoking is the number one cause of COPD, you don’t have to be an active smoker to have COPD.
Do not use SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT if you are allergic to tiotropium, ipratropium, atropine or similar drugs, or any ingredient in these medicines.
SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 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 HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 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 get immediate medical help.
Before using SPIRIVA HandiHaler, tell your doctor if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins.
SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT can cause your breathing to suddenly get worse (bronchospasm). If this happens, stop taking your medicine, use your rescue inhaler and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency room.
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 HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT can increase side effects.
Do not take SPIRIVA HandiHaler and SPIRIVA RESPIMAT together.
SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 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.
SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT 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.
Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with SPIRIVA HandiHaler or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT. If you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.
The most common side effects with SPIRIVA HandiHaler 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 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 use your HandiHaler device to take other medications.
Do not spray SPIRIVA RESPIMAT into your eyes as this may cause blurring of vision and pupil dilation.
Spiriva® HandiHaler® (tiotropium bromide inhalation powder) and SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray 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 HandiHaler and SPIRIVA RESPIMAT also reduce the likelihood of flare-ups (COPD exacerbations).
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.
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