Tiotropium is used to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as bronchitis and emphysema.
What is Tiotropium?
Tiotropium works by dilating the airways to allow easier breathing.
How should Tiotropium be taken?
Tiotropium is administered by inhalation. It can also be taken in the form of aerosols.
Side effects associated with Tiotropium
Tiotropium may cause sudden breathing problems soon after its intake.
Among the other possible side effects of tiotropium include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Irritation of the nose or throat
- Runny nose
It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in the chest or chest pain
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual hoarseness
- Difficult or painful urination
- Pain or discomfort in the eyes
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Irritation, pain or white spots in the mouth or on the tongue
- Severe breathing problems
- Red eyes
- Persistent nose or throat irritation
- Vision problems
Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Tiotropium
Tiotropium is contraindicated in case of intake of anticholinergic drugs.The intake of the drug can impair the ability to drive or operate hazardous machinery. This side effect may be aggravated by alcohol and certain other medications.
Before starting treatment with tiotropium, it is important to tell your doctor if:
- You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or to any other drugs (especially atropine), food and various substances
- You are taking any other medications (especially anticholingergic drugs), herbal remedies or supplements
- You are suffering (or have suffered) from urination problems, prostatic hypertrophy, bladder outlet obstruction, glaucoma or kidney problems
- You are suffering from respiratory problems or sudden worsening of existing breathing problems
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding