tiotropium capsule - inhalation
GENERIC NAME: TIOTROPIUM CAPSULE - INHALATION (tee-oh-TROW-pee-um)
USES: This medication is an anticholinergic agent inhaled into the lungs where it opens up breathing passages. It is used to treat breathing difficulties caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).This medication does not work immediately and should not be used for asthma attacks. Use quick-relief medicines/inhalers for sudden shortness of breath or asthma attacks.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet and the product instructions provided by your pharmacist before you start using tiotropium and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Do not swallow these capsules by mouth. The contents of the capsule are inhaled using a special inhaler, usually once daily as directed. Inhale 2 times per capsule to make sure you inhale all of the drug. Do not breathe into the mouthpiece at any time. Do not use this more often than prescribed.It may take several days before full benefits occur. For best results, this medication must be taken regularly, as directed by your doctor.Rinse your mouth after using the inhaler to help prevent dryness and relieve throat irritation.Follow the directions on the instruction sheet provided with this medication to clean the inhaler at least once a month.This medication works best when the level in your body is kept at a constant level. Do this by inhaling your daily dose at the same time each day.Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.If your condition persists or worsens, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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