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What is Spiriva Handihaler prescribed for?
Spiriva Handihaler is often prescribed for long-term maintenance treatment of Bronchospasm, which is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that impairs the airflow out of your lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing.
Bronchitis and Emphysema are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD.
When you have Bronchitis, your bronchial tubes become inflamed and narrowed and your lungs produce more mucus, which can further block the narrowed tubes. You develop a chronic cough trying to clear your airways.
Emphysema occurs when the walls between the air sacs in your lungs become damaged and lose their elasticity. As the walls of the air sacs also sustain damage, instead of many tiny air sacs, there are fewer but larger ones that reduce the amount of gas exchange.
Because Spiriva is a long-term maintenance medication, it can end up being costly. At My Drug Center, we offer the generic alternative form, called Tiotropium Bromide, which is the active ingredient in Spiriva. The Tiotropium Bromide is less costly because it is not a brand-name drug. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve symptom control and quality of life, as well as reduced risk of other associated conditions.
How does Spiriva Handihaler work?
Spiriva Handihaler is indicated to reduce exacerbations in COPD patients. Spiriva Handihaler is a medication that comes in the form of a capsule that fits into a device which is used to inhale Tiotropium deep into the lungs. The Spiriva capsules contain 18 mcg of Tiotropium and it comes with a handihaler device. When the drug is inhaled, it is taken straight into the lungs where it blocks the receptors that are found on the muscle surrounding your airways. This action stops acetycholine from acting on the receptors that cause the muscle to narrow and make it difficult to breathe.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. The paper work will instruct you how to operate the inhaler and capsules to administer the right dose. The usual dose of this medicine is 2 inhalations through the mouth once daily. Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor, do not use it in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Make sure you take Spiriva HandiHaler at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Spiriva HandiHaler should taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
After administering a dose rinse your mouth out with water to prevent mouth infections.
The handihaler device is only intended for the use of Spiriva (Tiotropium) capsules for oral inhalation, and should be cleaned once a month to prevent residue build up on the mouth piece. Use water to clean the mouth piece and let dry before use.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Spiriva HandiHaler. Discuss any known medical conditions, as well as your current medications or supplementation with your doctor to avoid interactions with Spiriva HandiHaler.
While taking Spiriva HandiHaler you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Spiriva HandiHaler.
Spiriva is not a rescue medicine; it will not work fast enough to reverse your COPD flare-up symptoms. Tell your doctor if it seems like your medications don't work as well.
Side effects include: dry mouth, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), nosebleed, or muscle pain.
More serious side effects can include: difficult or painful urination, or fast heartbeat.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stopping taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: This medication can take time to reach full effect, and is not used for quick relief from an asthma attack. Multiple inhalers can be used along side Spiriva HandiHaler.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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