"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opsumit (macitentan), a new drug to treat adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a chronic, progressive and debilitating disease that can lead to death or the need for lung transpla"...
Not For Acute Use
SPIRIVA HANDIHALER is intended as a once-daily maintenance treatment for COPD and should not be used for relief of acute symptoms, i.e., as rescue therapy for the treatment of acute episodes of bronchospasm.
Immediate Hypersensitivity Reactions
Immediate hypersensitivity reactions, including urticaria, angioedema (including swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat), rash, bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, or itching, may occur after administration of SPIRIVA HANDIHALER. If such a reaction occurs, therapy with SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be stopped at once and alternative treatments should be considered. Given the similar structural formula of atropine to tiotropium, patients with a history of hypersensitivity reactions to atropine or its derivatives should be closely monitored for similar hypersensitivity reactions to SPIRIVA HANDIHALER. In addition, SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be used with caution in patients with severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins.
Inhaled medicines, including SPIRIVA HANDIHALER, may cause paradoxical bronchospasm. If this occurs, it should be treated immediately with an inhaled shortacting beta2-agonist such as albuterol. Treatment with SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be stopped and other treatments considered.
Worsening Of Narrow-Angle Glaucoma
SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be used with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma. Prescribers and patients should be alert for signs and symptoms of acute narrow-angle glaucoma (e.g., eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, visual halos or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival congestion and corneal edema). Instruct patients to consult a physician immediately should any of these signs or symptoms develop.
Worsening Of Urinary Retention
SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be used with caution in patients with urinary retention. Prescribers and patients should be alert for signs and symptoms of urinary retention (e.g., difficulty passing urine, painful urination), especially in patients with prostatic hyperplasia or bladder-neck obstruction. Instruct patients to consult a physician immediately should any of these signs or symptoms develop.
As a predominantly renally excreted drug, patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of < 60 mL/min) treated with SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be monitored closely for anticholinergic side effects [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Patient Counseling Information
Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (PATIENT INFORMATION and Instructions for Use).
Inform patients that SPIRIVA HANDIHALER can produce paradoxical bronchospasm. Advise patients that if paradoxical bronchospasm occurs, patients should discontinue SPIRIVA HANDIHALER.
Worsening of Narrow-Angle Glaucoma
Instruct patients to be alert for signs and symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma (e.g., eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, visual halos or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival congestion and corneal edema). Instruct patients to consult a physician immediately should any of these signs and symptoms develop.
Since dizziness and blurred vision may occur with the use of SPIRIVA HANDIHALER, caution patients about engaging in activities such as driving a vehicle or operating appliances or machinery.
Worsening of Urinary Retention
Instruct patients to be alert for signs and symptoms of urinary retention (e.g., difficulty passing urine, painful urination). Instruct patients to consult a physician immediately should any of these signs or symptoms develop.
Not for Acute Use
Instruct patients that SPIRIVA HANDIHALER is a once-daily maintenance bronchodilator and should not be used for immediate relief of breathing problems (i.e., as a rescue medication).
Instructions for Administering SPIRIVA HANDIHALER
Instruct patients on how to correctly administer SPIRIVA capsules using the HANDIHALER device [see PATIENT INFORMATION]. Instruct patients that SPIRIVA capsules should only be administered via the HANDIHALER device and the HANDIHALER device should not be used for administering other medications. Remind patients that the contents of SPIRIVA capsules are for oral inhalation only and must not be swallowed.
Instruct patients always to store SPIRIVA capsules in sealed blisters and to remove only one SPIRIVA capsule immediately before use or its effectiveness may be reduced. Instruct patients to discard unused additional SPIRIVA capsules that are exposed to air (i.e., not intended for immediate use).
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
No evidence of tumorigenicity was observed in a 104-week inhalation study in rats at tiotropium doses up to 59 mcg/kg/day, in an 83-week inhalation study in female mice at doses up to 145 mcg/kg/day, and in a 101-week inhalation study in male mice at doses up to 2 mcg/kg/day. These doses correspond to approximately 30, 40, and 0.5 times the recommended human daily inhalation dose (MRHDID) on a mcg/m² basis, respectively.
Tiotropium bromide demonstrated no evidence of mutagenicity or clastogenicity in the following assays: the bacterial gene mutation assay, the V79 Chinese hamster cell mutagenesis assay, the chromosomal aberration assays in human lymphocytes in vitro and mouse micronucleus formation in vivo, and the unscheduled DNA synthesis in primary rat hepatocytes in vitro assay.
In rats, decreases in the number of corpora lutea and the percentage of implants were noted at inhalation tiotropium doses of 78 mcg/kg/day or greater (approximately 40 times the MRHDID on a mcg/m² basis). No such effects were observed at 9 mcg/kg/day (approximately 5 times the MRHDID on a mcg/m² basis). The fertility index, however, was not affected at inhalation doses up to 1689 mcg/kg/day (approximately 910 times the MRHDID on a mcg/m² basis).
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category C.
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
No evidence of structural alterations was observed in rats and rabbits at approximately 790 and 8 times the maximum recommended human daily inhalation dose (MRHDID), respectively (on a mcg/m² basis at maternal inhalation doses of 1471 and 7 mcg/kg/day in rats and rabbits, respectively). However, in rats, tiotropium caused fetal resorption, litter loss, decreases in the number of live pups at birth and the mean pup weights, and a delay in pup sexual maturation at inhalation tiotropium doses of approximately 40 times the MRHDID (on a mcg/m² basis at a maternal inhalation dose of 78 mcg/kg/day). In rabbits, tiotropium caused an increase in postimplantation loss at an inhalation dose of approximately 430 times the MRHDID (on a mcg/m² basis at a maternal inhalation dose of 400 mcg/kg/day). Such effects were not observed at inhalation doses of approximately 5 and 95 times the MRHDID, respectively (on a mcg/m² basis at inhalation doses of 9 and 88 mcg/kg/day in rats and rabbits, respectively).
Labor And Delivery
The safety and effectiveness of SPIRIVA HANDIHALER has not been studied during labor and delivery.
Clinical data from nursing women exposed to tiotropium are not available. Based on lactating rodent studies, tiotropium is excreted into breast milk. It is not known whether tiotropium is excreted in human milk, but because many drugs are excreted in human milk and given these findings in rats, caution should be exercised if SPIRIVA HANDIHALER is administered to a nursing woman.
SPIRIVA HANDIHALER is not indicated for use in children. The safety and effectiveness of SPIRIVA HANDIHALER in pediatric patients have not been established.
Based on available data, no adjustment of SPIRIVA HANDIHALER dosage in geriatric patients is warranted [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Of the total number of patients who received SPIRIVA HANDIHALER in the 1-year clinical trials, 426 were < 65 years, 375 were 65 to 74 years, and 105 were ≥ 75 years of age. Within each age subgroup, there were no differences between the proportion of patients with adverse events in the SPIRIVA HANDIHALER and the comparator groups for most events. Dry mouth increased with age in the SPIRIVA HANDIHALER group (differences from placebo were 9.0%, 17.1%, and 16.2% in the aforementioned age subgroups). A higher frequency of constipation and urinary tract infections with increasing age was observed in the SPIRIVA HANDIHALER group in the placebo-controlled studies. The differences from placebo for constipation were 0%, 1.8%, and 7.8% for each of the age groups. The differences from placebo for urinary tract infections were –0.6%, 4.6%, and 4.5%. No overall differences in effectiveness were observed among these groups.
Patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of < 60 mL/min) treated with SPIRIVA HANDIHALER should be monitored closely for anticholinergic side effects [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
The effects of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of tiotropium were not studied.This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/27/2016
Additional Spiriva Information
Spiriva - User Reviews
Spiriva User Reviews
Now you can gain knowledge and insight about a drug treatment with Patient Discussions.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Find out what women really need.