Against symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty of breathing, and wheezing—known symptoms of disorders like asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and many other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases or COPD—tiotropium is the drug of choice.
Whether the problem roots from the swelling of air passages that lead to the lungs or actual damage to the air sacs of the lungs, Tiotropium is one of the most recommended products by doctors for such conditions. This is because it is categorized as a bronchodilator or a drug that works by opening, relaxing, and dilating the air passages of lungs to make breathing easier.
This medicine usually comes in capsule form, which is usually used with an exclusive inhaler. You use this puncturing contraption of an inhaler to breathe in the dry tiotropium powder contained within the capsules. This drug is usually inhaled once a day in either the morning or the evening; it's advisable to take the medicine at the same time every day in order to help you remember taking it.
It is also recommended for you to follow the directions found on your prescription label to the letter and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that's unclear to you. Simply put, use tiotropium exactly as directed, and do not inhale it more often or inhale more or less of it than ordered by your doctor.
Tell your designated healthcare specialist and pharmacist if you have allergic reactions to this medication, ipratropium, atropine, or any other drugs before actual treatment occurs. To be more specific, tell them what prescription and nonprescription drugs you're taking, whether they are vitamins, herbal products, nutritional supplements, or whatnot. Your doctor may have to adjust the doses of your medications or monitor you closely for any side effects.
Be sure to report if you are using any of the following drugs: thioridazine, sparfloxacin, stalol, quinidine, procainamide, pimozide, moxifloxacin, ipratropium, eye drops, erythromycin, dofetilide, disopyramide, cisapride, atropine, antihistamines, amiodarone, and medications for irritable bowel disease, Parkinson's disease, motion sickness, ulcers, or urinary problems.
On that note, if you have or ever had urinary problems, glaucoma, prostate or kidney disease, or irregular heartbeat, consult your doctor immediately, because this drug may affect or aggravate your condition. Thusly, you should also inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to have a child, or are currently breastfeeding before taking tiotropium, or if you've gotten pregnant while taking tiotropium. Finally, if you're having surgery—even if it is a simple tooth extraction—tell your doctor or dentist immediately that you are taking this medication.
Be warned that this drug may cause irritated throat, blurred vision, constipation, runny nose, or dry mouth. If any of these symptoms continue or become severe, tell your physician immediately. Remember that your doctor probably recommended this medication to you because he or she has judged that the benefits outweigh any risks or side effects.
Even with the following rarer but serious side effects, you must consult your doctor as well: white patches in your mouth, fast heartbeat, problems with urinating, and change in vaginal discharge. If you accidentally spray the tiotropium powder on your eye, then there's a possibility of you experiencing visual halos or temporary blurring of vision. As always, contact your doctor promptly if any of these side effects happen.
Tiotropium has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of tiotropium is C19H22BrNO4S2
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Brand name(s): Spiriva
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