... capsule - but nothing on what happens if it is swallowed. Are the effects just diminished because it's going through the digestive system - or does something bad happen?
Yes, you won't get the respiratory benefits if you swallow the Spiriva capsule.
Spiriva is an anticholinergic agent. It works by enlarging the airways to allow easier breathing. It comes as a capsule containing dry powder, which is inhaled through the mouth using the HandiHaler device.
Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the lungs) in people with bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
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