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Spiriva HandiHaler is most commonly used to control symptoms of lung disease. The Spiriva HandiHaler contains Tiotropium Bromide and eases the airway muscles allowing you to breathe easier.
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. Typically this is taken twice a day. Do not exhale into the device.
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 inhaler 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. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney disease, history of glaucoma, difficulty urinating. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation 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.
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.
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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