In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02246793 ||SPIRIVA 18µG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Tiotropium belongs to the class of medications called bronchodilators. This medication is used once daily for the long-term relief of symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing associated with the lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Tiotropium works by opening the airways to make breathing easier.
Tiotropium should not be used as a rescue medication to relieve sudden attacks of COPD symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice about rescue medications that are appropriate for you.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
For adults and children 18 years of age and older, the recommended dosage of tiotropium is to inhale the contents of one 18 µg capsule once daily through the HandiHaler® inhalation device.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are
taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Take this medication at the same time each morning. The capsule shell should be discarded after the medication has been taken. Do not swallow the capsule shell.
Your doctor or another health care professional, such as your pharmacist, should teach you how to use the HandiHaler® inhalation device. If you are unsure of how to use the device, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each light green, hard gelatin capsule printed "TI 01" on one side and the Boehringer Ingelheim company logo on the other side contains tiotropium 18 µg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose is used as a filler. Capsule shells are made of gelatin.
The HandiHaler® inhalation device is a gray-colored reusable plastic device that is especially designed for administering Spiriva® capsules.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to tiotropium or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to atropine or atropine-like medications (e.g., ipratropium, oxitropium)