Compare Spiriva vs. Theophylline

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Spiriva
(tiotropium)

Theo-24
(theophylline)

Makes it easier to breathe. Spiriva (Tiotropium) works well to reduce COPD symptoms and flare-ups with fewer side effects than some medicines that open airways, but you have to use it every day.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 1 (30 capsules of 18mcg per capsule) handihaler of tiotropium
Coupons for Theophylline
Best available price for 150 (80mg/15ml) oral solutions of theophylline
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4.78Spiriva
Reviews for Spiriva (tiotropium)
64%
of people (All ages) say Spiriva (tiotropium) is worth it
46%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Theo-24 (theophylline)
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+36% better vs. Spiriva (tiotropium)
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+4% better vs. Spiriva (tiotropium)
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+8% better vs. Spiriva (tiotropium)
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Side effects
SpirivaTheophylline
  • Respiratory tract infection 4%
  • Dry mouth 13%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Chest pain (non-specific) 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Theophylline side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Theophylline »
How it works
SpirivaTheophylline
Spiriva (Tiotropium) is a bronchodilator. It relaxes muscles in your lungs to open your airways and make breathing easier.Coming soon.
Type of medication
SpirivaTheophylline
Prescription only
Available as
SpirivaTheophylline
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
SpirivaTheophylline
  • Asthma Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Induced Asthma Prophylaxis Nocturnal Asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
SpirivaTheophylline
  • History of atropine allergic reaction
  • History of narrow-angle glaucoma
  • History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)
  • History of enlarged prostate
  • Severe milk protein allergy
Detailed Spiriva (tiotropium) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    SpirivaTheophylline
    • 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.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    SpirivaTheophylline
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    SpirivaTheophylline
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    SpirivaTheophylline
    • 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.
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