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Doctor insights on: Quitting Spiriva

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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

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What are the alternatives to spiriva?

What are the alternatives to spiriva?

Spiriva: Excellent drug for copd. Consider advair and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). ...Read more

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Can spiriva cause this increased coughing?

Can spiriva cause this increased coughing?

Possibly..: Any inhaled medicine can induce coughing as a side-effect, including spiriva. If the cough only occurs right after using the inhaler and is not bothersome, the inhaler can be continued. However, if the cough is bothersome, the inhaler can be switched to an alternate inhaler until one is found that you tolerate. See your doctor so this can be evaluated and a different inhaler tried, if necessary. ...Read more

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

Everyday: Spiriva isn't something you take just when you feel bad. It needs to be taken daily. ...Read more

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Since finding out that I have copied. I'm on Spiriva once daily. Anything wrong with using it twice?

Once a day: Spiriva is designed to be used once a day. You will get too much medication if you use it two times a day. ...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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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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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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Can spiriva cause hearing loss?

Can spiriva cause hearing loss?

Maybe / Likely not: Every drug can have side effects, and they can vary between people. Spiriva is not really known to cause hearing loss, all of all patients reporting any type of adverse effects, only 0.12% had decreased hearing, of which all happened within 1 month of use.

http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/spiriva/decreased+hearing

see an ENT for an evaluation and hearing testing if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Will Spiriva affect a methacholine test?

Will Spiriva affect a methacholine test?

The New Spiriva Test: Spiriva inhibits wheezing while the test is used to provoke it so, yes,the test will be affected.At that point maybe call it a "Spiriva Test" in that,if it resists the effects of the methacholine, then it would probably work for you! But,of course,that's not how the test is done.They'd want you off that med for a day or two before doing the test-and any other respiratory meds you take, if possible ...Read more

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Can spiriva or advair b cause double vision?

Can spiriva or advair b cause double vision?

Get checked: Spiriva has been reported to cause blurred vision. Adviar has been reported to cause dry eyes, red/itchy eyes. From my research, double vision is not reported. If you double vision persists, i would suggest going to an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Which is better Spiriva or Seretide for COPD?

2 different meds: Did you see a pulmomologist who prescribed these 2 meds? Seretide is a combination of futicasone & salmetrol.
Spiriva is a different medication- long acting anticholinergic.
One may complement the other.See a pulmonologist to discuss about these meds. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if I swallowed a spiriva inhalation powder capsule?

Is it a problem if I swallowed a spiriva inhalation powder capsule?

Anticholinergic: Theoretically it could be because of the anticholinergic properties. You would not be the first and most people do fine. The capsule will be eliminated at some point since it does not dissolve well in the GI system. ...Read more