If you require effective treatment for the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), talk to your doctor about a prescription for steroid-free Stiolto Respimat. This is a maintenance treatment taken as 2 puffs once a day that is usually recommended as a long-term drug. Stiolto Respimat will not work for a sudden flare-up that causes a shortness of breath, your doctor can suggest a fast-acting inhaler for rapid relief. Stiolto Respimat does not use chemical propellants or powders but delivers a slow-moving mist that is easily inhaled.
Stiolto Respimat contains 2 active ingredients to help keep you breathing easily for the entire day and night. Tiotropium Bromide is called an anticholinergic bronchodilator and it works by blocking muscarinic receptors located on muscles that surround your airways which stops the action of a chemical that can cause muscles to contract. The muscles relax and your airways open up so you can breathe easier.
Olodaterol is the 2nd active ingredient and is a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, LABA for short. The action of Olodaterol is to bind to and activate beta2 adrenergic receptors found mainly in your lungs. This causes the smooth muscle in your lungs to relax and loosen up airway openings to improve your breathing. Stiolto Respimat is a treatment only as there is no cure for COPD.
COPD is a name given to the 2 diseases that can affect your lungs, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is an on-going problem with your major airways always being inflamed or swollen. This irritation causes a thick mucus to form and build that interferes with your ability to move air in and out of your lungs. Emphysema, a major result of smoking, causes damage to the tiny air sacs in your lungs. As the walls of the air sacs break down, it is more difficult for you to take a breath in or exhale air out.
Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have, including whether you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, to be certain Stiolto Respimat is safe for you to use. Provide your doctor with a list of Rx and OTC drugs you currently take or use, as well as any herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements, to determine if you need to change medications or adjust dosage.
To keep your symptoms of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath under control, use Stiolto Respimat as directed, even if you are feeling well. Always have a rescue inhaler close-by for sudden breathing difficulties. Keep Stiolto Respimat and other medications out of children’s reach and away from pets. Never share any drugs prescribed to you with others due to possible fatal results.