tiotropium inhalation (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tiotropium inhalation (Spiriva)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tiotropium or ipratropium (Atrovent, Combivent, DuoNeb).
To make sure you can safely take tiotropium inhalation, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether tiotropium inhalation is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known if tiotropium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use tiotropium inhalation without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use tiotropium inhalation (Spiriva)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Tiotropium inhalation is used to prevent bronchospasm attacks. Do not use this medication to treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication to treat an attack.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The tiotropium capsule is for use only in the HandiHaler device. Do not take the capsule by mouth. Use only one capsule at a time.
Use tiotropium inhalation regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Talk with your doctor if any of your medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your lung function will need to be tested on a regular basis. Visit your doctor regularly.
Keep each tiotropium capsule in its blister pack until you are ready to place the capsule into the HandiHaler and use the device. Throw away any capsule that is not used right after you have taken it out of the blister pack. Exposure to air can ruin the capsule.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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