Spiriva Respimat Uses
Spiriva Respimat (generic name: tiotropium bromide) is a once-a-day maintenance treatment for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with chronic bronchitis & emphysema. It relieves symptoms of bronchospasm, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Using it can also lower COPD exacerbations.
This is available in Spiriva Respimat 2.5 mcg per actuation.
Mechanism of Action
This anticholinergic inhalation spray inhibits M3 receptors at the smooth muscles, which leads to bronchodilation. Bronchodilation in the airways results in the relief of breathing symptoms. Note that this inhaler should be used regularly for it to become effective.
Spiriva Respimat – How to Use
Before using Spiriva Respimat, you must read the patient information leaflet that comes with it. Do not use this medication unless you thoroughly understand its uses and instructions. For more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this drug exactly as prescribed. This is usually administered in 2 sprays, once daily. Never increase your Spiriva Respimat dosing and frequency. If you are prescribed other respiratory inhalations, there should be at least a minute of the interval between each to allow absorption.
Step-by-step Medication Guide:
- Pull off the clear base of the device as you press the safety catch. You have to be careful with the piercing component at the center.
- Always write the discard date on the label, which should be three months after the cartridge has been opened.
- Put the device on a flat surface. Insert the narrow end of the cartridge into the device and push it down.
- Put the clear base into the device again. Remember not to remove the clear base once the cartridge has already been inserted.
- With the cap closed, turn the clear base towards the direction of the arrow until you hear a click.
- Point the inhaler away from you and open the cap. Press the dose-release button. Then, close the cap again. Repeat this step until you see a mist. Once you see the mist, repeat it three times. You can now use your inhaler.
- Close the cap again and turn the clear base to the direction of the arrow. Then, open the cap.
- Exhale slowly but fully.
- Put the mouthpiece of the device into your mouth as you seal your lips around it. Check if the air vents are not blocked by your hand or fingers. Inhale slowly but fully through the mouth as you press the dose release button.
- Hold your breath for 10 secs, or more, and close the cap. Repeat steps 8 and 9 if you need to take another puff.
Spiriva Respimat Side Effects
Mild/Common Side Effect:
Severe Side Effects:
-Worsening breathing problems
-Eye pain or swelling
Note: Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of adverse reactions. Please contact your doctor if any side effects persist or worsen.
Precautions and Warnings when Using Spiriva Respimat
Do not use this Spiriva Respimat inhaler if you have a known allergy to tiotropium, milk proteins, or any inactive ingredients this inhalation contains. Signs of serious allergic reactions are skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face, swollen lymph nodes, severe dizziness, and breathing difficulty. This must be considered a medical emergency. Immediately alert your emergency line if this occurs.
This drug may be contraindicated for people with a history of an enlarged prostate, difficulty urinating, angle-closure glaucoma, and kidney disease. Due to possible drug interactions, you must also talk about all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, herbal products, and supplements you are taking.
Avoid or control your consumption of alcoholic beverages or any substances that could increase the risk of adverse effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision. Observe safety caution when doing tasks that require clear vision and alertness, especially driving.
It is preferable for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to avoid this medication unless extremely needed. If you must use this type of medication, discuss the possible risks with your physician and do not use it for a long time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can I use Spiriva Respimat as a rescue inhaler?
This medication is not indicated for sudden breathing problems or asthma attacks. You need a separate rescue inhaler.
2. Is Spiriva Respimat a steroid inhaler?
This inhaler contains tiotropium bromide. It does not contain any steroids and works differently from other respiratory inhalers.
3. When should I take Spiriva Respimat – morning or night?
This oral inhalation is usually prescribed once daily, and you may take it in the morning or evening. It is important to take it at the same time each day.
4. Can you take Spiriva Respimat and albuterol together?
There are no known interactions between tiotropium and albuterol. You may use these medications together if prescribed by your doctor.
5. Can I drink water after using Spiriva Respimat?
You must rinse your mouth right after using this mist. Do not swallow the water. You may drink fluids right after rinsing your mouth.
6. Is it safe to use Spiriva Respimat for a long time?
Yes, this inhalation is indicated for long-term use. If used regularly, it is more effective.
7. Do you need a prescription for Spiriva Respimat?
All variants of Spiriva are prescription drugs. You cannot buy Spiriva Respimat if you don’t have a valid prescription.
8. How much does Spiriva Respimat cost?
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