Spiriva is used to treat the symptoms of COPD such wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. It reduces your symptoms over the long term. Spiriva opens your air passages in your lungs, making breathing easier. Spiriva must be used every day.
In New Zealand, Spiriva is available as different inhaler devices:
- Spiriva Respimat which is a mist inhaler
- Spiriva inhalation capsules to be used with the handihaler device.
Spiriva capsule is for inhalation with a handihaler only. The powder from the capsule is breathed into the lungs using the handihaler device provided. Do not swallow the capsules – they must be used by inhaling the contents of the capsule with the handihaler. Using an inhaler device enables the medicine to go straight into your airways when you breathe in. This means that your airways and lungs are treated, but very little of the medicine gets into the rest of your body.
|Spiriva does not give immediate relief from wheezing, tight chest and shortness of breath
|If you need quick relief from these symptoms, use your ‘reliever’ medicine such as salbutamol or terbutaline.