What is Tiotropium inhaler?

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A bronchodilator used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is delivered as an oral inhalant once daily.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 131 59
Asthma 44 15
Emphysema 20 15
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 4 2
Breathing difficulty with activity 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
6
Moderate
7
Mild
5
None
64

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tiotropium inhaler

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 5
Shakiness 2
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 2
Acid reflux 1
Asthma 1
Bladder irritability 1

Show all 24 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tiotropium inhaler

Dosage Patients
18 mcg daily 19
0.018 mg daily 6
2.5 mcg daily 5
5 mcg daily 3
2 mcg daily 2
0.036 mg twice daily 1
18 mcg monthly 1
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1.25 mcg daily 1
2 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Tiotropium inhaler

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 11
Doctor's advice 11
Side effects too severe 7
Other 6
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 3
See all 34 patients who've stopped taking Tiotropium inhaler

Duration

Currently taking Tiotropium inhaler

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Tiotropium inhaler

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 58
Usually 14
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 8
$25-49 10
< $25 33
Not specified 26

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tiotropium inhaler after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 2
Aclidinium Bromide (Tudorza Pressair) 1
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Ciclesonide inhaler (Alvesco HFA) 1
Formoterol (Foradil Aerolizer) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tiotropium inhaler and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 3
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 2
Olodaterol-Tiotropium (Stiolto Respimat) 2
Aclidinium Bromide (Tudorza Pressair) 1
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Tiotropium inhaler

Jul 18, 2014 (Started Jun 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emphysema)
  • Side effects
    Mild (raspy voice)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 18 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 13, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, blurry vision)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do not miss a dose. For me this drug makes a world of diffrence
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, blurry vision

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Dec 22, 2010 (Started Dec 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for shortness of breath with little or minimal activity (ie standing))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this medication once a day every morning. Starting with day 1, it was as though I was taking a full breath for the first time in years. I have cut way back on my rescue inhaler considerably and am feeling more energy due to the increase of oxygen I am getting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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