Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) involves difficulties with breathing properly, even with minimal exertion. The primary risk factor for COPD is smoking, after that comes air pollution, working amongst dust or chemicals, and having a history of respiratory infections. Striverdi Respimat is not a cure for COPD, but it is a medication that will help reduce your symptoms so you are able to breathe easier and carry out your daily tasks.
The active ingredient of Striverdi Respimat is called Olodaterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). When taken as directed, it works by binding to and activating the beta2-adrenergic receptors found in your lungs. The activation of the receptors relaxes the smooth muscles in your lungs that result in your airways dilating to allow a proper air flow so you are not wheezing or coughing and struggling to breathe.
Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the 2 lung diseases that are indicated when talking about COPD. The inflamed and scarred lining of your bronchial tubes is chronic bronchitis. As a long-term disease, the inflammation of your bronchi will interfere with the air flow into and out of your lungs. Eventually, a thick mucus is produced constantly that causes bronchial tubes to thicken and a cough develops.
Emphysema occurs from damage to the tiny air sacs in your lungs (alveoli). It is the alveoli that act like little balloons in your lungs that push air out when you exhale. If these ‘balloons’ are damaged, the air you exhale is limited and means you cannot inhale air into your lungs as well either. The simplest task can have you gasping for air.
Ask your doctor if Striverdi Respimat is safe to use if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions and allergies you have to your doctor and list all OTC and Rx medications you currently take or use, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements, so your doctor can determine if Striverdi Respimat is the right medication for you.
Striverdi Respimat should not be used for treating asthma as long-term efficacy and safety of this medication has not been researched. If you experience an episode of coughing or wheezing and find it difficult to breathe, use a rescue inhaler for fast relied as Striverdi Respimat is a maintenance medication and does not provide rapid action. Keep Striverdi Respimat and all other meds out of children’s reach and do not share with anyone else.