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Spiriva HandiHaler: Inhalation powder, capsule

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How This Drug Works
Antichiolinergics
Anticholinergics can be used to describe any medication reducing effects of Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger important for nerve and muscle functioning.
"Anticholinergics can be used to describe any medication reducing effects of Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger important for nerve and muscle functioning. <br><br> Acetylcholine&#39;s effects are activated when attached to specific receptors. There are two major types of these receptors, nicotinic and muscarinic. Stimulation of nicotinic receptors affects the brains memory centers and skeletal muscles. Stimulation of the muscarinic receptors tightens smooth muscle in the lungs, bladder, eye, stomach and glands. <br><br> Anticholinergic medications can attach to the specific receptors to prevent acetylcholine stimulation generally or in specific locations. While not fully understood, blocking nicotinic receptors may affect memory and body movement. Blocking specific muscarinic receptors causes smooth muscle relaxation. This can lead to greater airflow in the lungs, reduced nausea or motion sickness, fewer urges to urinate, dilation of the pupil in the eyes and reduced bodily secretions."
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TIOTROPIUM (tee oh TRO pee um) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Never use this medicine for an acute attack.

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Spiriva HandiHaler: Inhalation powder, capsule
Usage by Gender
57.64%
42.36%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
0.07%
1.03%
24.02%
74.88%
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