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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I'm taking spiriva for my bronchiectasis. It's beginning to work. Will I have to take it for the rest of my life?
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.
see an ENT for an evaluation and hearing testing if you are concerned. ...Read more
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