Compare Spiriva vs. Spiriva Respimat

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Spiriva (Tiotropium)

Prescription only
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 74 reviewsforSpiriva
Helps you breathe easier.

Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) works well to reduce breathing problems and open your airways, but it can't help you if you're having sudden wheezing or breathing problems.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) is a good choice to help you breathe easier and lessen the need for a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler.
  • If you're using Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) for asthma, your asthma can get better if you use Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) consistently every day.
  • Reduces flare-ups and hospitalizations with fewer side effects compared to some other medicines that open airways.
  • Used once daily.
  • Compared to Spiriva, Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) allows more medicine to enter your lungs and doesn't require as much force to inhale.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Using Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) only slows the progression of your condition, Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) won't cure you.
  • You'll need to use this medicine consistently every day to gain the most benefit.
  • Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) can worsen your symptoms of an enlarged prostate or urinary blockage.
  • Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) can worsen a certain type of glaucoma.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
74 reviews so far
64%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
36possible side effects
  • Respiratory tract Infection
    41%
  • Dry mouth
    16%
  • Pharyngitis
    13%
  • Sinusitis
    11%
  • Chest pain (non-specific)
    7%
  • Urinary tract Infection
    7%
  • Dyspepsia
    6%
  • Rhinitis
    6%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Edema, Dependent
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Dry Mouth
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Myalgia
    4%
  • Infection
    4%
  • Moniliasis
    4%
  • Epistaxis
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Depression
    4%
  • Insomnia
    4%
  • Arthralgia
    4%
  • Allergic reaction
    3%
  • Leg pain
    3%
  • Dysphonia
    3%
  • Parathesia
    3%
  • Gastroinestinal disorder not otherwise specified
    3%
  • Castroesophegeal reflux
    3%
  • Stomatitis
    3%
  • Hypercholesterolemia
    3%
  • Hyperglycemia
    3%
  • Skeletal pain
    3%
  • Angina pectoris
    3%
  • Herpes zoster
    3%
  • Laryngitis
    3%
  • Cataract
    3%
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4possible side effects
  • Sore throat
    16%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • History of atropine allergic reaction
  • Sudden onset difficulty breathing (paradoxical bronchospasm)
  • Worsening glaucoma
    • History of narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Difficulty urinating
    • History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)
    • History of enlarged prostate
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Reduced kidney function
    • History of moderate to severe kidney disease
  • Feeling dizzy
    • Taking with other anticholinergic medications
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  • Not for breathing emergenices
  • Sudden difficulty breathing
  • Worsening glaucoma
    • History of narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Difficulty urinating
    • History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)
    • History of enlarged prostate
  • Kidney problems
    • History of moderate to severe kidney disease
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