Spiriva, known as the medication tiotropium is a bronchodilator that relaxes the muscles within the airways increasing the air flow to the lungs. It is used to prevent bronchospasm which is the narrowing of airways in the lungs of adults suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and emphysema. Spiriva should be used regularly in order to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath. It does not work immediately and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. If you do begin wheezing or suffer sudden shortness of breath, use your quick-relief inhaler. Spiriva may also be used as a maintenance medicine to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children over 6 years old.
Tiotropium comes with capsules known as rotacaps and a specially designed inhaler. You should not take the capsule by mouth and should only use one capsule at a time. Insert the capsule into the handihaler device and then press the green button on the side of the handihaler. Breathe out fully and then close your lips around the device mouthpiece and breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth. Hold your breath as you remove the mouthpiece from your mouth and then breathe normally again. After you are finished remove the used capsule and discard it.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: When should I take Spiriva?
A: Spiriva should be taken regularly for the best effect. It should be taken once a day as it lasts 24 hours. It does not matter if you take it in the morning or night, but try to take it at the same time every day.
Q: Should I use Spiriva handihaler when I suffer wheezing or sudden shortness of breath?
A: No. If you suffer wheezing or shortness of breath, use your quick-relief inhaler. Spiriva handihaler should be used once a day at the same time each day to keep your airways open. It lasts for 24 hours and should not be taken more often than this.
Q: How do I take the Spiriva rotacap capsules?
A: Do not take the capsules orally. Insert one rotacap into your device and then press the green button. Breathe out deeply and then putting your mouth to the device mouthpiece breathe in slowly and deeply. Take your lips off the device and continue to breathe normally.
Q: What is the generic alternative to Spiriva with handihaler?
A: The generic alternative is called the tiotropium bromide inhaler and may offer you better savings. We stock both the brand and generic alternative in 18mcg strength.