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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 Spiriva, 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.
What is Spiriva?
Spiriva is a prescription medication that comes in capsule form for oral inhalation using the Spiriva Handihaler. Each capsule contains 18mcg of a bronchodilator called tiotropium bromide. We carry the brand name Spiriva Handihaler and its generic alternative at our Canadian Pharmacy.
What is Spiriva used for?
Spiriva is used long term for the maintenance of symptoms following chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions cause difficulties breathing, coughing, excessive mucus production, and wheezing. Common conditions associated with COPD include bronchitis and emphysema.
What does Spiriva do?
Once inhaled into the lungs, the tiotropium will begin blocking certain chemicals in the body from acting on the receptors found in your airways. When these chemicals act on the receptors, it causes the muscles in the airways to tighten and narrow, causing symptoms. Therefore, when the actions of these chemicals are blocked from the receptors, symptoms will decrease in both frequency and severity.
How to use Spiriva?
How to use Spiriva Handihaler; place one capsule into the device; press and release the button on the side of the device just once. Let out a long exhale before proceeding. Hold the device up to your mouth and breathe in slowly and deeply; you should hear/feel the capsule vibrating inside the device. Hold your breath as you finish your dose to ensure the medication is dispersed deep into the lungs. When using the Handihaler, ensure you do not breathe through your nose. Follow all directions given to you by your doctor.
When to take Spiriva morning or night?
Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, Spiriva may be taken at any time of day. For the most effective results, keep a consistent level of medication in your system by taking your dose at the same time each day.
What are the side effects of taking Spiriva?
Common side effects of Spiriva may include belching, bladder pain, body aches or pain, chills, congestion, or dry mouth. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
How much does Spiriva cost?
In the United States, the Spiriva Handihaler is commonly considered a tier 3 drug. This means it is likely a preferred brand-name drug and will generally cost more than tier 1 or tier 2 medications. Even with medicare, the cost of this medication can still cost hundreds of dollars. Other countries around the world consider Spiriva a much more affordable medication compared to the United States. With a valid prescription, you can buy Spiriva online at an affordable price when you order through our certified online Canadian Pharmacy.
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