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Spiriva® (tiotropium bromide) is a prescription medication used to prevent airway spasms (called bronchospasms) caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. However, because Spiriva is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on Spiriva before starting treatment with this drug.
For example, you may not be able to take Spiriva if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, a bladder problem, or an enlarged prostate. Also, you may not be able to safely use Spiriva if you are currently taking certain medications (including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and non-prescription medications).
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Spiriva can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include a dry mouth, sinus infections, and upper respiratory infections. Spiriva medications come in capsule form, although these capsules are never to be swallowed. They are used in the Spiriva HandiHaler®. This device punctures the capsule, and then the powder is inhaled using your own breath. For more information on Spiriva medication, talk to your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
(Click Spiriva for other important information on Spiriva. This article discusses how Spiriva works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take this medication.)