› The kidney is mainly responsible for removing Spiriva (Tiotropium) from the body so people with kidney disease or reduced function need to be watched closely. Spiriva (Tiotropium) can build up in the body and cause certain side effects. Tell your doctor if you develop dry mouth, blurry vision, confusion, sweating, increased heart rate or constipation. You may need to discuss other medication options to treat your COPD.
Upsides and benefits
› Helps you breathe easier and lessens the need for a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler.
› Reduces flare-ups and hospitalizations with fewer side effects compared to some other medicines that open airways.
› You only need to take it once a day.
Downsides and risks
› Won't cure your COPD (but it will relieve your symptoms).
› You'll need to use this medicine for a long time, and you have to take it every day.
› Can make symptoms of enlarged prostate or urinary blockage worse.
› Can worsen a certain type of glaucoma.
› You might feel dizzy or have blurry vision while taking this medicine.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Don't swallow the capsule. Insert the capsule into an inhaler device only.
› Use daily to control your COPD.
› Starts working the first few hours, but it may take longer to feel full effects.
› Prevents breathing problems, but doesn't stop sudden cough or wheezing once they start.
› Don't breathe out into the inhaler.
› You might feel dizzy and notice changes in your vision.
› Don't use it if you have an allergy to atropine.
› Contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.