Brand Names: U.S.
Spiriva HandiHaler; Spiriva Respimat
Brand Names: Canada
What is this drug used for?
- It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child takes other drugs called anticholinergics, like ipratropium or oxybutynin. Ask the doctor if you are not sure if any of your child’s drugs are anticholinergic.
What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
- Do not use this drug to treat intense flare-ups of shortness of breath. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
- Unsafe allergic effects may rarely happen.
- Call the doctor right away if your child has breathing problems that get worse, if the rescue inhaler does not work as well, or if your child needs to use the rescue inhaler more often.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad nose irritation.
- Very bad throat irritation.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Eye redness.
- Not able to pass urine.
- Pain when passing urine.
- Passing urine often.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
- This drug can cause very bad breathing problems right after your child takes a dose. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. If your child has trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing after using this drug, have your child use a rescue inhaler and get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Dry mouth.
- Upset stomach.
- Nose and throat irritation.
- Runny nose.
How is this drug best given?
Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
- Check your child’s puffer (inhaler) use with the doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure your child’s uses the puffer the right way.
- If your child is using more than 1 puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
- Do not use a spacer with the puffer (inhaler).
- Use new puffer (inhaler) with each refill.
Capsules for breathing in:
- Make sure your child does not swallow the capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
Spiriva® and Respimat®:
- Prepare before first use or when puffer has not been used for more than 21 days. Spray towards the ground until mist is seen. Once the mist is seen, repeat 3 more times. If it has been more than 3 days since it has been used, spray once at the ground.
- Keep out of your child’s eyes.
- Follow how to clean carefully.
- After all sprays have been used, the puffer (inhaler) will lock.
What do I do if my child misses a dose?
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
Capsules for breathing in:
- Store capsules in the original container. Use right after opening.
Spiriva® and Respimat®:
- After putting together, throw away the puffer (inhaler) 3 months after first use or when the puffer (inhaler) locks.
General drug facts
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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