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Corral COPD: Your Spiriva Generic Alternative

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The fact that breathing is an involuntary behavior is a beautiful thing, because if you had to make a conscious effort to inhale and exhale all day long it would be an all-consuming activity and definitely take away from your enjoyment of life. For people with COPD, bronchitis, or emphysema breathing is still an involuntary behavior, but it does become the furthest thing from easy when their conditions flare up. So while they’re still breathing involuntarily, it’s still quite a chore! Fortunately there are COPD inhalers that work well to quell these attacks, and some people will look at a Spiriva generic alternative.

Spiriva is most commonly prescribed by doctors to reduce airway inflammation quickly and allow relief from asthma or COPD attacks. Spiriva generic is a less expensive version than branded Spiriva, but you can count on it being the same quality formulation and it works equally well. There can be any number of reasons why a person prescribed this inhaler may eventually need to be looking for a Spiriva generic alternative or a Spiriva substitute drug. Often it’s because the medication isn’t effective enough, or the side effects are too pronounced.

The first thing that we should make clear here is that these are maintenance inhalers, and not rescue inhalers. There’s a big difference to understand there. Yes, COPD and asthma sufferers will often have one of each, but any Spiriva generic alternative product is going to have to be a maintenance inhaler too. Without going into a lot of unneeded detail here, a maintenance inhaler is one you use on an ongoing basis to suppress and reduce the severity of your attacks. A rescue inhaler ‘rescues’ you when you’re in the middle of a COPD or asthma attack.

However, even the best inhalers and use of different types isn’t going to be a full-force solution for treating COPD, asthma, or other conditions. Maintenance ones will make the instances less intense and maybe occur less frequently, but it’s not going to eliminate the problem. Some good news to be had with these 5 tips to reduce chest tightness from COPD. Adding them to your COPD treatment routine may mean you get better results from your inhaler.

Something Similar

The most common case where a person will be discussing a Spiriva generic alternative with their doctor will be that they experience severe side effects from Tiotropium, which is the medication in your Spiriva inhaler. Some people find that is makes their heart race, or that it makes them develop sinus infections too often. Other Spiriva side effects include:

  • upper respiratory tract infection - such as the common cold
  • dry mouth
  • sore throat
  • chest soreness
  • urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • indigestion
  • runny nose
  • constipation
  • blurry vision

For all these reasons and possibly others, people may want to know if there is a Spiriva generic alternative that is a) similarly lower-priced being a generic, and b) equally effective for relief from COPD attacks and asthma attacks.

Combivent Inhaler works to counter COPD and asthma and it’s available in a generic making it one Spiriva generic alternative that you can consider. Keep in mind though that any switch of medications can only be done after it has been approved by your doctor. It may be a beneficial to discuss with a pharmacist too.

Inhaling Interests

People dealing with these conditions will already know fully well that at the root of their suffering is inflammation, and how it constricts their airways and makes it difficult for them to breathe. However, there’s no way you’re going to shut down the function of your immune system, nor would you want to. So the inflammation is going to occur, and the question is really what you can do to minimize symptoms of inflammation and continue breathing without having to work so hard to do it.

So continuing on with the treatment suggestions of chest tightness shared above, there are also additional natural treatment options for COPD that you can look into. One of the more interesting ones is not only easy to do, but decidedly tasty too. We doubt you have a pineapple tree in your backyard (maybe you do if you live in Hawaii), but you can buy pineapple from your local supermarket. And if you have COPD or asthma, that’s especially fortunate for you as the Bromelain in pineapple is known to improve respiratory ailments.

Pineapple sure is tasty, and that even goes for the canned version of it as well. So, all this information is something to consider if you’re looking for a Spiriva generic alternative and interested in other approaches to dealing with COPD.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.


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