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Is spiriva a form of steroids?

Is spiriva a form of steroids?

No: Spiriva contains no steroids. It is a medication which works to reduce the mucus production in the lungs and also helps to open up tight airways. It works by blocking certain receptors in the lungs (cholinergic receptors) which trigger these effects when activated. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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How often should I be using spiriva if i feel better?

How often should I be using spiriva if i feel better?

As prescribed: Spiriva is the reason you feel better. You have copd, which is not curable. Keep using it as prescribed until your doctor changes the prescription. ...Read more

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Is spiriva the best for copd?

Is spiriva the best for copd?

Effective drug: Spiriva is not necessarily the "best" because it is usual part of the regimen for many patients with copd. Spiriva has been shown to be very good at relieving a feature of COPD called "air trapping". That is patients on spirva can be shown to on average trap less air in the lung on pulmonary function testing. Air trapping correlates with shortness of breath, so this makes spiriva effective. ...Read more

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Will spiriva show up in a urine test?

Will spiriva show up in a urine test?

Spiriva: This is an inhaled anticholinergic used chronically in patients with copd. It is predominantly excreted in the urine, and in fact patients with renal insufficiency need dose adjustments. There is no reason that it would not show up in urine if tested for, but why would anyone do this? ...Read more

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Given spiriva but I have not been diagnosed with copd?

Given spiriva but I have not been diagnosed with copd?

Possibility...: Some patients with asthma show improvement on spiriva therapy even though it is primarily for COPD patients. ...Read more

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Are there deaths related to spiriva?

Are there deaths related to spiriva?

Not sure: But any medication can produce potentially lethal allergic reactions. If one gets hive-like eruptions, difficulty breathing, trouble with heart rate, or other phenomena - get help quickly. ...Read more