A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: Tiotropium ( ty-OH-tro-pee-um)
Spiriva is indicated for long term, once a day maintenance treatment for bronchospasm (wheezing or difficulty in breathing) that is associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The medication works by relaxing the muscles in your airways and enlarging the airways. This way more air can move in/out of your lungs, in turn helping you breathe better. The capsule contains dry powder that is inhaled through a Spiriva HandiHaler (an oral inhalation device).
Spiriva is only used to prevent bronchospasm attacks. Do not use it during an attack because it will not work quickly enough -- use a fast-acting inhaler instead.
Available with prescription only.
SPIRIVA is generally used once a day, every day, to help maintain any breathing problems relating to COPD and to reduce the possibility of COPD flare-ups. SPIRIVA is a dry powder that comes in a capsule form. Patients must insert the capsule in the HandiHaler and inhale the powder through your mouth. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, immediately rinse with water. Do not swallow the capsule. Carefully read the Instructions for use.
It is important to consult with your general practitioner (GP) before taking SPIRIVA HandiHaler, as it may not be the right treatment method for you. Share your medical history and conditions, including:
SPIRIVA can cause serious side effects, including allergic reaction. Symptoms may include raised red patches on your skin (hives), itching, rash, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. If you have these symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking SPIRIVA and call your doctor immediately or visit a hospital emergency room.
Additional side effects of SPIRIVA include: