Hello - I read on 'Pulse Today' that taking this drug increases your death rate by 50% The article link is: pulsetoday.co.uk/story.asp?...
I have been taking Spiriva for over a year now. However, I am totally disgusted by the way I have been treated by my GP et al, after waiting for an appointment for three weeks, when asking what I should do, should i stop taking it, if I should go on taking this drug, or change to something different.
I finally got to see the GP this morning at 1000. When I walked into his room he said 'Good Afternoon' I showed him the article from Pulse Today, he skimmed over it and said 'I cant advise you about this, I have to ask the Practice Nurse'; he went on 'can you make a follow-up appointment with me, sorry it will be in three weeks or so, and I will be able to tell you more then.
I'm just so angry!
I also feel I have been miss-diagnosed with Asthma for twenty years. Its only since I have been taking Spiriva that I have been able to breathe, my lung function tests improved from being able to blow 250 on a good day, to blowing 650 soon after taking Spiriva; but Spiriva is drug of choice for COPD. I told the GP's/Consultants all along that I had been subject to passive smoking from birth to the age of sixteen, my mother chain smoked and subsequently died of small cell carcinoma of the lung. Previously they had told be I didn't have COPD as I didn't smoke and had never smoked.
Any one any ideas on this?
Thank you - Graham.