Brand Name: Spiriva, Spiriva Handihaler
Generic Name: Tiotropium Inhalation
Spiriva is an anticholinergic agent. It works by enlarging the airways to allow easier breathing. It comes as a capsule containing dry powder, which is inhaled through the mouth using the HandiHaler device.
Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the lungs) in people with bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Spiriva and its inhaler device come with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Spiriva capsules are for use only in the HandiHaler device. Use only one capsule at a time. Do not take the capsules by mouth.
It is important to use Spiriva regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Call your doctor right away if you feel that this medicine is not working as well as usual, or if it makes your condition worse. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.
To be sure Spiriva is helping your condition, your lung function will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Keep each Spiriva capsule in its blister pack until you are ready to place the capsule into the HandiHaler and use the device for your dose. Store Spiriva at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Before using Spiriva, tell your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate or bladder obstruction. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Spiriva or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm attacks. Do not use Spiriva to treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication to treat an attack. Talk with your doctor if any of your medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing bronchospasm attacks.
Before using Spiriva, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Spiriva is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known if tiotropium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Spiriva without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.