Comment from: Jowalt 65-74 Transgender less than 1 month Caregiver Published: August 21

I have just been prescribed this for Asthma as non powder inhalers cause my voice to fade in and out like a bad cell phone connection. I also have a tendency to squeak when I talk. Anyway, Spriva is leaving a metallic taste in my mouth, also I was reading this list and a person mention itching, would never had associated it until I read that. As for the metallic taste, I am eating anything to get the taste out of my mouth - and being a diabetic that is not good at all. I will need to talk to my dr, Will try and get back on Arnituty

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Comment from: Bear 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 15

Been using for 3 weeks now and Iâ??m waking up in the middle of the night itching really bad and it is causing major constipation as I already have UC and IBS. This was the 5th medication I have tried and seem to have a allergic reaction to everything. Iâ??ll be letting my doctor know asap

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Comment from: old phone guy 75 or over Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 22

Been using this for 4 months. Read the inclosed instructions and saw the amount of powder in them. Picture of product shows a very tiny amount of powder. Also, I can't feel any help by this. Dr. prescribed this in hopes it will help the COPD. I've already got arthritis, dizzy from other meds, bad prostrate, vision problems. Other than that, I feel great! I am fortunate to have good ins. coverage but the real cost of this is really bad. need to talk with my provider about their cost.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: November 18

Empty capsules at ten dollars a pop

Comment from: chazcee 65-74 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 10

I agree that the delivery system sucks big time. The lack of the capsule rattling as it should in the Handihaler, I have found, is typically due to either (1) broken capsule pieces remaining in the device after use or (2), as others have pointed out, the entire top breaking off the capsule in the device. I did discover something that appears to make a difference. Of course, I check for stray bits of capsule with every use but I have found that making sure the capsule goes into the Handihaler with the large end DOWN improves the performance of the device. I have been watching this for about 3 weeks and have had no problems with the capsule in the apparently right, large end down, position. In that period I have two "no rattle" applications; on both I checked to find the large end was up. It may be coincidence but it might work for others.

Comment from: 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 06

Day 3 and experience extremely bad sore throat, cough, overly sore muscles lose of voice, dizzy eyes very tired thought it was bronchitis ....but more reading and days pass realize it's the spiriva. Will talk to doctor about other options...breathing was better but side effects horrible.

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Comment from: chazcee 65-74 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: February 10

Drug is fine the delivery system SUCKS big time. In about 3 of every 10 doses the capsule does not rattle in the Handihaler after puncturing and inhaling which results in the medication not be delivered to the lungs effectively. I am very careful to open the hanidhaler completely before and after every use to check of stray capsule bits that might interfere with the "rattle" process. The problem is that the capsule is intended to be punctured with small holes near the top and bottom. I have noticed that at the time the rattle is not present the upper puncture device has completely cracked the top off of the capsule. I know it is not intended to work this way. I agree with other that is medication is too expensive to have about 30% of the doses wasted. BI Pharmaceuticals needs to spend a few buck and rethink their delivery system.

Comment from: 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 27

Spriva irritated my throat, dried me out, couldn't drink enough water, gave me a guttural cough, changed what I cough up from clear with tiny bubbles to very heavy, concentrated, and ugly in color. It took me over a month to finally get back to where I was before I took it.

Comment from: Richard 65-74 Male Patient Published: November 22

Packaging is very hard to open, cannot buy refills and have to buy the entire contraption every time, many contain nothing but air or have holes in the capsules rendering them useless. Horrible product and insanely overpriced. Need a generic that actually works

Comment from: joper 75 or over Male less than 1 month Patient Published: March 31

Every time I twist the barrel to cock the mechanism it releases the spray. My co=pay is $40.00 and who knows how much Medicaree pays. The dispensing Pharamists tells me there's nothing he can do about it.

Comment from: chrisj 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 04

Small and compact, the 1st inhale made my chest feel very heavy, after that it was fine. I've found a few capsules to have no powder in them and when they do it makes a strange rattling noise, bit alarming till you get used to it. I've had a sore throat and hoarse voice since starting to use it a few weeks ago and th capsules arent always easy to get out of the packaging....

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Comment from: skowhegan 55-64 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: December 18

On this medicine for 2 years, I am still alive so i guess its helping. I definitely thought at times a capsule was empty like other posters have said. I am forced to go with ellipta.[insurance] and i have read bad reviews about that drug.

Comment from: Mg1328 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 26

I was given this as a preventive medication that was not a steroid. I found that it cut my rescue inhaler usage down considerably, I must say that in the 30 days of usage, I have noticed my pants are tight as are my underwear. I was told that this medication would not cause weight gain, but I don't agree,

Comment from: greenwood60641 65-74 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: October 25

I have just started Spiriva and I notice many posts complaining about empty capsules. How do you tell if a capsule is empty? When I breath it in the capsule rattles around and leaves no taste so I really can't tell.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: October 17

Opening the blister packs is almost impossible - what terrible packaging!!! Too bad their site links for contact us do not work.

Comment from: asthmapatient1 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: September 23

horrible antichlolinergic effects presented the second day. ie. swelling of the brain and prostate. as per drug info booklet i immediately called my doctor to inform him i will never do Spriva again

Comment from: Jaye 75 or over Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: September 19

capsules are frequently defective, pierced before use. Calls to manufacturer are frustrating and needlessly complicated. After 15 minutes of questioning the agent allowed that they would replace 5 capsules if I got my pharmacy to contact them. This seems like a deliberate money-saving scam on their part to discourage people from demanding better quality control.

Comment from: tml1959 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 12

Causes numbness and tingling in fingers and toes

Comment from: cartousch 65-74 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: August 26

I've been using Sprivia for a long time. I do have difficulty urinating and my eyes bother me ? I'm being treated by my G.P.for an enlarged prostate. My eyes bother me & my eye Dr. says its age related ? Maybe it the Sprivia ?

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Comment from: JR 65-74 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 29

15 to 20% failure rate.......how do I get a refund....this is unacceptable


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