I took Spiriva a couple of years ago for 6 weeks and gained an unsightly 22 lbs, all on the midsection and nowhere else. After dieting off and on for the last 6 months I still cannot lose the weight. My midsection is all bulged out and I look terrible. Does anyone have an answer to my problem. Bill
All I need is for someone to come forth and try and give some kind of solution to the problem of weight gain from the inhaler Spiriva. I have gained weight from various medications in the past only to lose it when I discontinued the medication. I have not used Spiriva in 2 years, and yet the weight gained from using it still plagues me in spite of dieting. My belly is all blown out of shape and I look terrible. HELP!
I'm not going to make your day. Weight gain is not a side effect of spiriva. Particularly with using it for only 6 weeks. I may be able to give you an answer to the weight gain if you tell me are you male or female and your age.
Hello wwc215. I currently take Spiriva and in my case no weight gain. Prior to that I was on Advair. Regards, pledge
I started using spiriva about 6 months ago... the weight gain is really bothering me and like most here it is around the middle and protruding stomach. It is really worrying me i have never had a weight problem,slways been 52/55 kilos. I intend to go off it,see my doctor and either get some other medication if there is some avsilsble,but this weight gain is seriously affecting me. I feel so uncomfortable with the added weight.
I took it for a brief time and gained 8 pounds in a week. I am on a very retricted diet so I know it was not increased eating. I have not been able to get rid of those pounds - no matter what I tried. I also notice lately that I seem to have more trouble with swollen ankles. Just had dental surgery and am on a diet of soft food only. After losing the water weight gained because of the surgery I notice that I am finally almost down to my pre-Spiriva weight. Yes - it could be because of the soft diet. My diet was restricted before because I had discovered I am allergic to all grains. Cutting out grains certainly should keep my weight stable - but no go. Anyway... while on this soft diet I notice that I am urninating very frequently and the swelling in my ankles has all but disappeared. I am wondering if the spiriva caused water retention. Anyway - fingers crossed. I gained 5 pounds with the dental surgery and have now lost 8 pounds.
That makes three pounds of the eight that I had not been able to get off before. Hoping to lose the additional 5 spiriva pounds soon. In any case - going on a soft food diet might be worth a try. I have been eating soup, sweet potatoes and ice cream and yogurt. Have also managed to eat pulled pork and finely shredded chicken. It is not too bad. All will be worth it if I can get both my teeth and my weight back to normal!
I was on spiriva for 3 years. I gained significant weight. I stopped the medication May 1st 2018. June 1 2018 i am down 17lbs. And have not changed anything else. I would say weight gain is a side effect... they were considering gastric bipass on me. I was 324 lbs (normally 250lbs) i am now 307 and dropping. I am on a stack of steroids for my lungs, i just chose the one i notice less effects from.
- Spiriva Information for Consumers
- Spiriva Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Spiriva (detailed)
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