Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim
SPIRIVA 18 micrograms helps people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe easier. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that causes shortness of breath and coughing. The term COPD is associated with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Since COPD is a chronic disease, you should use SPIRIVA 18 micrograms every day and not just when you have breathing problems or other symptoms of COPD.
SPIRIVA 18 micrograms is a long-acting bronchodilator that helps open the airways and makes it easier to take in and expel air from the lungs. Regular use of SPIRIVA 18 micrograms can also help you when you have continued shortness of breath due to your illness and will help you to minimize the effects of the illness on your daily life. It also helps you stay active longer. Using SPIRIVA 18 micrograms daily will also help prevent sudden, short-term symptoms of worsening COPD, which can last for several days.
The effect of this medicine lasts 24 hours, therefore you only need to use it once a day. For the correct dosage of SPIRIVA 18 micrograms, see section 3. How to use SPIRIVA 18 micrograms and the instructions for use behind this leaflet.