Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
Uses of Spiriva Handihaler:
- It is used to treat COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- This medicine is not to be used to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Spiriva Handihaler?
- If you have an allergy to Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) or any part of Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you take other drugs called anticholinergics, like ipratropium or oxybutynin. Ask your doctor if you are not sure if any of your drugs are anticholinergic.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Spiriva Handihaler?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) affects you.
- Unsafe allergic effects may rarely happen.
- Call your doctor right away if your breathing problems get worse, if your rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often.
- Do not get Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) in your eyes. If you get it in your eyes, it may cause large pupils and blurred eyesight.
- Do not use more than what your doctor told you to use. Do not use more often or longer than what you were told. Doing any of these things may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
- If you are 65 or older, use Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Spiriva Handihaler) best taken?
Use Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep using Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Keep out of your eyes.
- Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
- If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
- Do not use a spacer with the puffer (inhaler).
- Use new puffer (inhaler) with each refill.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
- Only use the device that comes with Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation). Do not use any other devices.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If you do not think about the missed dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take more than 1 dose of Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation) in the same day.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Eye redness.
- Seeing halos or bright colors around lights.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Pain when passing urine.
- Passing urine more often.
- Passing urine in a weak stream or drips.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- This medicine can cause very bad breathing problems right after you take a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation), use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of Spiriva Handihaler?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Dry mouth.
- Upset stomach.
- Nose and throat irritation.
- Runny nose.
- Stuffy nose.
- Belly pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Spiriva Handihaler?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Store capsules in the original container. Use right after opening.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium capsules for inhalation), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: anticholinergic bronchodilators
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