Spiriva (Tiotropium)

What is Spiriva?

Spiriva is a clinically tested and approved medication that affects the airway muscle relaxing them and advancing the air flow to the lungs. Due to such a powerful effect, Spiriva is commonly appreciated for its ability to prevent bronchospasm in patients, diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease especially emphysema and bronchitis. Consult your doctor about other Spiriva uses and actions.


Recommendations for Use

Activating the positive effect, Spiriva can also trigger certain adverse reactions if misused or overused. The treatment should be administered in accordance with the instructions of your healthcare provider, taking into account the prescribed dose and duration of the therapy. The most common Spiriva dose is 2 inhalations once a day. The patient should never increase or decrease the adjusted dose. Otherwise, he/she risks either getting no result or experiencing devastating misuse consequences. Keep in mind that Spiriva does not belong to a group of rescue medications, so it should not be administered for instant bronchospasm relief. Instead, the drug should be used to prevent it.

Your doctor may require frequent lung checks in order to make sure the drug produces a desirable powerful impact on the organism. To witness the maximal effect, Spiriva should be used on a regular basis. Once you have missed a dose, you’d better skip it than double the following scheduled one.

Precautions and Contraindications

Primarily to the beginning of Spiriva therapy, your healthcare provider should be aware of all the health complications and side effects you have. Patients, allergic to Tiotropium or other ingredients of the medication should never administer it. Even though the medication is not likely to harm the health condition of an unborn or nursing child, pregnant and breastfeeding women are not recommended to use the therapy. People under 18 years old are contraindicated for Spiriva use.

To guarantee full safety of the therapy, your physician should also be informed about all the illnesses you have, especially kidney or liver diseases, narrow-angle glaucoma, urination disorders, enlarged prostate and others. Avoid activities that require alertness or concentration during Spiriva intake, since the medication affects these reactions. Besides, the drug can cause vision disorders and dizziness, especially if it is administered with other treatments.

Drug Interactions

Once you have decided to start Spiriva therapy, you need to consult your healthcare specialist and provide him/her with details of your personal health state. There are numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and other pharmaceutical products that may interact with Spiriva, activating side effects and developing extra abnormalities. Never combine the medication with such drugs, as ulcer meds, bladder treatments, urinary pills, steroid medications, allergy remedies, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, atropine, methscopolamine, belladonna, Theophylline, Tiotropium, etc.

Side Effects

Seek immediate medical assistance in case Spiriva intake has led to allergic reactions or other severe complications. Call your healthcare provider and consult about further actions if some abnormalities started bothering you, especially vision impairments, urination issues, white patches on the tongue, lips or mouth and others. Minor Spiriva reactions include headache, chest pain, blurred vision, stomach discomfort, etc.