I've read a number of comments about capsules not working on this site. I had one a couple of days ago. The whole top came off the capsule and I didn't get the dusty feeling in my mouth so I took another and threw away the bad one. At about $5 a capsule that can get expensive for a senior on limited income. I wrote Spiriva but they haven't shown the decency to respond. Can the rest of you afford to just throw away bad capsules?
It is not about the money... if you are taking mecidication which has expired you are putting your health at risk, so from my point of view what is more important life... or money?
You have to be careful, if they are bad as you say you can cause serious damage to yourself... which in the end will be more costly.(hospital bills, new meds, etc.)
By the way which medication are we talking about..you can ask your Doctor to give you fre samples , they always have some,also if you not taking generic..you can ask if there is a generic version of it they are a lot cheaper than the brand names..always try and look for a solution which suits you best... that is my opinion.
Take care... from a caring individual
A solution that is healthy though right maso:). I have to agree with maso there your health is more important. Try to see if there is a cheaper medication you can take other than the spiriva. Go to freemedicine.com and see if they can help with your medicine. I just read about spiriva and the method on taking this medication is ridiculous who thought of such a stupid idea. Im sorry but you are correct about the capsule crap absoulutly crazy method of taking this medication no doubt.
i know 3 people that are using spiriva and they have experienced the problem of getting empty capsules . one of them called the company and they claimed they had not received any other complaints on this matter ( their words was they were either doing it wrong or they were getting it and didn't know it ) the other one had samples and was told they would have to contact the Dr. and have them speak to the sales rep. one would think if the medication was so expensive they would fix the problem instead of denying there is one . btw maso they aren't using old meds the are new prescriptions
I'm a senior citizen on fixed income and cannot afford to replace defective capsules at ten dollars each. Medicare does not cover the medicine costs so I simply have to tough it out and not breathe for the day following a defective capsule event. It is good to read that I'm not the only one with this problem! I've been returning the bad product to the local drug store and last year Spiriva replaced one box of capsules for me. Unfortunately there is no substitute for this medicine and the company will charge the maximum possible price until their patent expires and generic versions appear.
Failed capsules usually have an end broken off and it becomes impossible to draw air through the handi-haler. Sometimes pieces separate from the capsules and block the passage of air through the inhaler as well. This appears to be an extremely poorly thought out delivery method... more a Rube Goldberg device rather than something reliable. One would hope that the company would get its act together and fix this problem!
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