Spiriva Respimat treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. It can cause dry mouth.
Spiriva Respimat Overview
Spiriva Respimat is a prescription medication used daily to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is also approved for long-term maintenance treatment of asthma.
Spiriva Respimat belongs to a group of drugs called antimuscarinics which work by relaxing the smooth muscle of the airways, making it easier to breathe.
Spiriva Respimat is available as an oral inhalation spray and is used once a day.
Common side effects of Spiriva Respimat include dry mouth, sore throat, and cough.
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Uses of Spiriva Respimat
Spiriva Respimat is a prescription medication used each day to control symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema in adults.
It is also approved for long-term maintenance treatment of asthma in adults and children aged six years and older.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Spiriva Respimat Drug Class
Spiriva Respimat is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Spiriva Respimat
Spiriva Respimat can cause serious side effects. See "Drug Precautions".
Other side effects with Spiriva Respimat include:
- upper respiratory tract infection
- dry mouth
- sinus infection
- sore throat
- urinary tract infection
- runny nose
- increased heart rate
- blurred vision
These are not all the possible side effects with Spiriva Respimat Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Spiriva Respimat Interactions
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines and eye drops, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some of your other medicines or supplements may affect the way Spiriva Respimat works. Spiriva Respimat is an anticholinergic medicine. You should not take other anticholinergic medicines while using Spiriva Respimat, including ipratropium. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if one of your medicines is an anticholinergic.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
Spiriva Respimat Precautions
Spiriva Respimat can cause serious side effects, including:
Allergic reaction. Symptoms may include:
- raised red patches on your skin (hives)
- swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing
If you have these symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking tiotropium and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Sudden narrowing and blockage of the airways into the lungs (bronchospasm). If your breathing suddenly gets worse, stop taking tiotropium and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
New or worsened increased pressure in the eyes (acute narrow-angle glaucoma). Symptoms of acute narrow-angle glaucoma may include:
- eye pain
- blurred vision
- seeing halos (visual halos) or colored images along with red eyes
Using only eye drops to treat these symptoms may not work. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Spiriva Respimat and call your doctor right away.
New or worsened urinary retention. Symptoms of blockage in your bladder and/or enlarged prostate may include:
- difficulty passing urine
- painful urination.
If you have these symptoms of urinary retention, stop taking Spiriva Respimat and call your doctor right away.
Spiriva Respimat can cause dizziness and blurred vision. Should you experience these symptoms you should use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.
Spiriva Respimat Food Interactions
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Spiriva Respimat there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Spiriva Respimat.
Before taking Spiriva Respimat, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have kidney problems.
- have glaucoma. Spiriva Respimat may make your glaucoma worse.
- have an enlarged prostate, problems passing urine, or a blockage in your bladder. Spiriva Respimat may make these problems worse.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
- have a severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Spiriva Respimat and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
This medication falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.
Spiriva Respimat and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Spiriva Respimat passes into breast milk. You and your doctor will decide if Spiriva Respimat is right for you while you breastfeed.
Spiriva Respimat Usage
Use Spiriva Respimat exactly as prescribed. Use Spiriva Respimat one time every day.
- Read the "Instructions for Use" contained in the leaflet that comes with Spiriva Respimat. Talk with your doctor if you do not understand the instructions.
Do not change your dose or how often you use Spiriva Respimat without talking with your doctor.
Do not use other inhaled medicines with Spiriva Respimat without talking to your doctor.
Inserting the cartridge and Preparation for use
1) With the green cap closed, press the safety catch and pull off the clear base.
2) Take the cartridge out of the box. Push the narrow end of the cartridge into the inhaler until it clicks into place. The cartridge should be pushed gently against a firm surface to ensure that it has gone all the way in. Do not remove the cartridge once it has been inserted into the inhaler.
3) Replace the clear base. Do not remove the clear base again.
4) Hold the inhaler upright, with the green cap closed. Turn the base in the direction of the red arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).
5) Open the green cap until it snaps fully open.
6) Point the inhaler towards the ground. Press the dose release button. Close the green cap.
Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 until a cloud is visible.
Then repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 three more times to ensure the inhaler is prepared for use. Your inhaler is now ready to use.
of the red arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).
Spiriva Respimat Dosage
Take Spiriva Respimat exactly as prescribed. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
The recommended dose of Spiriva Respimat is two inhalations once-daily.
- Treatment of COPD: 2 inhalations of Spiriva Respimat 2.5 mcg once-daily
- Treatment of asthma (6 years and older: 2 inhalations of Spiriva Respimat 1.25 mcg once-daily.
Spiriva Respimat Overdose
If you take too much Spiriva Respimat, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
If Spiriva Respimat is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.
- Do not use the inhaler after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the inhaler.
- Keep the inhaler and all medicines out of the reach of children.
- Store Spiriva Respimat at Room Temperature between 59ºF to 86ºF (15ºC to 30ºC).
- Do not freeze your Spiriva Respimat cartridge and inhaler.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about storing your medication.