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What does it do?

Tiotropium opens narrowed airways in the lungs. It helps to prevent breathing problems.

How should you take it?

Inhale the contents of each tiotropium capsule using the HandiHaler® device, as directed by your healthcare professional. Do not swallow the capsules.
If you need quick relief from breathing problems, use your ‘reliever’ medicine (e.g. salbutamol or terbutaline).

What if you forget a dose?

Inhale the missed dose if you remember on the same day. If not, skip the dose and carry on as normal. Do not inhale two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Eye pain, changes in vision

Tell your doctor immediately

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Tell your doctor

Headache, blurred vision

Trouble peeing

Dry mouth, hoarse voice, unpleasant taste, cough

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, bladder, prostate or kidney problems, or glaucoma.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Take care not to get the powder from the tiotropium inhaler into your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water.
  • The use of inhalers can sometimes make breathing worse. Discuss this with your healthcare professional.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed