British Lung Foundation
33,756 members41,212 posts

New to spiriva

This may sound strange, but I started spiriva a few days ago. (Spiriva respimat). I actually think my breathing is worse. My dr. Said to take it for a week and see how I feel then. My question is, has anyone else experienced the same thing. And if so, how long did it take to notice a difference in improvement. maybe I'm expecting too much too soon. Any answers would be very much appreciated.

Thank you. Barbara

10 Replies
oldestnewest

Spiriva is a preventer not a rescue inhaler

Reply

Actually bless its a long-acting bronchodilator rather than a preventer. I hope you dont mind me pointing this out. R

5 likes
Reply

No I don't mind.

2 likes
Reply

Hi I took Spiriva for months but it still made me a bit more breathless so I have stopped taking it now. Give it a bit more time and see what happens.

I told my doctor who urged me to perservere as it is a long acting bronchilitor and is designed to strengthen the lungs. x

1 like
Reply

I am the same - did you get a different inhaler? x

Reply

No I just have the one where you put the pill in and inhale it. x

1 like
Reply

I found that it took me 10 or more days to adjust to Spiriva . I was tempted to quit it at first because my lungs /chest were registering a number of odd sensations and my breathing never seemed to improve. But I found that I could walk a great distance further without being weary. And I fully adjusted to any odd feelings after a week or so.

I am completely underwhelmed however with any effect of it making me feel that I breathe better.

Reply

I took Spiriva and had to discontinue it because it gave me tachycardia after two weeks use...

Reply

I have been on Spiriva for several years and it has reduced the frequency of getting a really tight chest that was preventing me from trying to keep my muscle tone up. I still get breathles but I can walk on the level all day and even climb ladders slowly. The benefits vary as everyone is different but it is worth persevering whilst your body adjusts. I also have Symbicort twice a day so whether that affects things I can't say.

Good luck and don't be put off by the contra indications in the blurb they are all statistically rather rare.

Reply

Thanks for your input. I'm going to keep taking it and see if it helps long term. I also take symbicort. That helps a lot. seems like most people who take spiriva say it does take awhile to start working.

Reply

You may also like...