SPIRIVA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For COPD, Maintenance “Been on spiriva 1 12 years & first day saw fantastic results in breathing. I am 68. Thought retirement was going to be better. But last 6 months, blood pressure has risen so I have to start taking meds for that. I also feel like spiriva is not working as well. I am also on advair twice a day and abuterol as needed. I might try to go without spiriva for a couple of days. I, too, had empty capsules or so I thought. Called company and they said to put large end of capsule in inhaler first and gently tap bottom of inhaler on sink or cabinet then press button to make holes and keep inhaler level and suck in not real fast. He was very helpful and caring. He said there is very little medicine in capsule. He had me return the rest of the box on their dime and sent me a new box (at pharmacy). I haven’t had any trouble since. My prayers to all.”

Kitty (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 28, 2018

For COPD, Maintenance “I have been taking Spiriva now for about 8 months. I can actually live a normal life again. I have missed a dose before and what a difference if not taken.”

Stacey C February 3, 2018

For COPD, Maintenance “I am short of breath and have COPD. I’ve tried quite a few different drugs symbicort, alvescoe now trying Spiriva. So far great improvement.”

john macca January 20, 2018

For COPD, Maintenance “I have been on Spiriva about 2 months now with considerable improvement on lung function from my COPD. My problem is the actual Inhaler – it is DEFINITELY flawed. Many capsules are empty and have seen specks of blue plastic on the device. Sure hope I have not inhaled any plastic particles. I am considering calling the FDA because I cannot reach anyone at the Drug company that makes this drug. QUALITY CONTROL FAILED IN THE DISPENSING METHOD OF THIS PRODUCT.USED 2 CAPSULES TODAY BEFORE IT WOULD WORK PROPERLY!!GETTING CONCERNED..THAT THOSE BLUE SPECKS ARE COMING FROM THE DEVICE.HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THIS?BE AWARE..I HAVE SEEN THEM TWICE.FEELING CONCERNED!!!”

Peekiebeach (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 24, 2017

For COPD, Maintenance “Took for 2 months plus for COPD. Worked pretty well. Then I noticed ulcers on my arm that at first I thought were gardening boo boos I had missed. Had leg spasms at night but woke up one morning with severe sore chest, like a mule kicked me. Got worse and then became sore back, too. Quit the drug but spent the next night in a chair. Same time had itchy eye that is now stye/cold sore on eyelid. 3 nights without and still sore chest but better. Arm has scabbed, feels like ice water there under skin. Not so horrible side effects but certainly not worth the benefit and cost.”

John TD (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 8, 2017

For COPD, Maintenance “I had a parathyroid removed the end of May. One of the complications I was having was shortness of breath. A month after surgery a pulmonologist followed up with tests and said I have beginning COPD. She recommended Spiriva. The first two weeks I started feeling better. Then I started feeling tired all the time, my eyes seemed puffy, my weight was going up, peeing frequently with urgency, dry mouth, cuts healed slow, developed heartburn, my joints all felt achy, sleep was poor, and I was retaining fluid and needing lasix at least twice a week, and having tearful moodiness. Labs showed high glucose. I have never been a diabetic. Now regular testing the last 4 days show I am prediabetic. Apparently 1 in 10,000 can become prediabetic “

SaraMiller (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 20, 2017

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