Real SPIRIVA HandiHaler stories
SPIRIVA HandiHaler can help people with COPD breathe better.
If you have COPD, you're not alone. In the United States, an estimated 14.8 million people have COPD—and another 12 million may be living with undiagnosed COPD.
Over the last decade, millions of people have been prescribed SPIRIVA HandiHaler.
We asked real COPD patients about their experiences with SPIRIVA HandiHaler. Below, read what Madalene, Mary, and Donna had to say about how SPIRIVA HandiHaler helps them breathe better. Then talk to your doctor and see if SPIRIVA HandiHaler is right for you.
Madalene's story "If you can't breathe, you can't do anything" Madalene went to her pulmonologist when coughing spells started waking her up at night. The doctor diagnosed COPD and suggested SPIRIVA HandiHaler, but Madalene didn't think it was necessary yet. When her condition didn't improve, a discussion with a nurse made her change her mind. The nurse told Madalene to think of her lungs as a tree, and that using the SPIRIVA HandiHaler inhaler is what allows the branches to open up and let the air come in. Madalene is "really satisfied" with how SPIRIVA HandiHaler makes her feel, and she said she started feeling better after just a few days of starting the medication.
Mary's story "I regret not starting SPIRIVA right away" Mary realized her breathing trouble was a problem when she couldn't keep up with her grandson playing basketball. Even after being diagnosed with COPD, she was hesitant to start treatment.But when she woke up with tightness in her chest and couldn't catch her breath, she thought it was time for something to change. Now that SPIRIVA HandiHaler is a part of Mary's daily routine, she feels like she can breathe again.
Donna's story "I take it in the morning before anything else, and I feel opened" Donna had trouble breathing for about a year before she was diagnosed with emphysema related to COPD. After that, she said it took about two more years to find all the right answers. It was a television commercial that inspired Donna to ask her doctor about SPIRIVA HandiHaler. Since she got a prescription for SPIRIVA HandiHaler and began daily treatment, Donna says she’s "in a much better place."