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A guide to setting up your RESPIMAT inhaler

A guide to setting up your RESPIMAT inhaler

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Three steps for daily use
Three steps for daily use of your RESPIMAT inhaler - turn, open, press

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How does your RESPIMAT inhaler work?

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What is COPD?

COPD is a long-term, serious lung condition that can cause difficulty in breathing and constant coughing. The term COPD is associated with the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, cough, chest discomfort and coughing up phlegm.

What is the RESPIMAT® Soft MistTM Inhaler?

The RESPIMAT® Soft MistTM Inhaler releases a mist of solution slowly and gently, making it easy to inhale it into your lungs where it is needed.  The mist containing the medication is released by pressing the dose release button.

What is the RESPIMAT Soft Mist Inhaler?

What are SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® and SPIOLTO® RESPIMAT used for?

SPIOLTO RESPIMAT contains the active ingredients, tiotropium (as bromide monohydrate) and olodaterol (as hydrochloride). Tiotropium belongs to a group of medicines called anticholinergics. Olodaterol belongs to a group of medicines called long-acting bronchodilators. These medicines are used to relax the breathing tubes or air passages that carry air to and from the lungs and to keep the air passages in the lungs open and make breathing easier. Each dose of SPIOLTO RESPIMAT will keep your air passages open for 24 hours.  Regular use of SPIOLTO RESPIMAT can also help when you have ongoing shortness of breath related to your disease, and will help minimise the effects of the disease on your everyday life.

SPIRIVA RESPIMAT contains the active ingredient tiotropium bromide monohydrate. It belongs to a group of medicines called anticholinergics and these help to improve your COPD condition.  SPIRIVA RESPIMAT improves breathing by relaxing the breathing tubes or air passages that carry air to and from the lungs and to reduce exacerbations (periodic worsening of symptoms). 

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How do I use my RESPIMAT® Soft MistTM Inhaler?

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.  If you do not understand the instructions in the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help. 

How Much To Use 

Take TWO PUFFS, once a day at the same time of the day. 

You need to take two puffs to get the full dose. Two puffs are equal to one dose. 

How To Use It 

SPIOLTO® RESPIMAT and SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT are for inhalation use only. 

Make sure that you know how to use your SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler properly. 

Three Steps for Daily Use

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Use the SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler supplied in the pack to breathe in the solution containing the medicine from the cartridge. 

Insert the SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT cartridge into the RESPIMAT inhaler to prepare the inhaler for first use. 

The SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler releases a mist of solution slowly and gently, making it easy to inhale it into your lungs where it is needed. The mist containing the medication is released by pressing the dose release button. 

When To Use It 

Take your medicine at about the same time each day.  Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.

How Long To Use It

Continue to use SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT for as long as your doctor tells you. 

This medicine helps to control your condition but it does not cure it. Therefore you must use SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT every day. It is important to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well. 

If You Forget To Use It

If you forget to use your SPIOLTO RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA RESPIMAT, use it as soon as you remember. 

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and inhale just one dose at your usual time the next day.  Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.  This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

Care and Cleaning of your RESPIMAT® Inhaler 

Cleaning 

Clean the mouthpiece including the metal part inside the mouthpiece with a damp cloth or tissue only, at least once a week.  It is important to keep your inhaler clean and dry.  It may not work as well if it gets dirty. 

Storage 

Keep your SPIOLTO® RESPIMAT or SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not freeze. 

Do not store SPIOLTO RESPIMAT OR SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. 

Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. 

Keep it where children cannot reach it.

Discard your SPIRIVA RESPIMAT or SPIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler 3 months after inserting the cartridge even if it contains some unused medicine, or when the inhaler is locked (after 60 puffs), whichever comes first. 

Disposal 

If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine, or the expiry date has passed, or it has been more than 3 months after its first use, or if the inhaler has locked (after 60 puffs), ask your pharmacist how to dispose of it properly.

SPIOLTO RESPIMAT Consumer Medicine Information – abridged
SPIOLTO RESPIMAT is fully funded (from March 1st 2016).  Special Authority criteria apply.  Normal doctor’s fees and a pharmacy charge apply.
SPIOLTO RESPIMAT® (per puff: tiotropium 2.5mcg + olodaterol 2.5mcg) is a PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE.  SPIOLTO RESPIMAT has risks and benefits. It is used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  SPIOLTO RESPIMAT helps to make breathing easier. SPIOLTO RESPIMAT should not be used to treat asthma, or a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing.  SPIOLTO RESPIMAT should be used with caution in patients with glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), liver, kidney and prostate gland problems and in patients with heart problems or overactive thyroid gland.  SPIOLTO RESPIMAT may interfere with other medicines – always inform your doctor if you’re taking any other medicines. Care must be taken not to allow the spray to enter into the eyes.  SPIOLTO RESPIMAT like all medicines can cause unwanted side effects in some people.  These may include dry mouth, sore throat, constipation, difficulty passing urine, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, palpitation, nervousness, headache, tremor and allergic reactions.  If symptoms persist or you have side effects talk to your doctor.  Always read the label and use strictly as directed. Ask your doctor if SPIOLTO RESPIMAT is right for you. A copy of the Consumer Medicine Information leaflet can be obtained from Boehringer Ingelheim or from the Medsafe website www.medsafe.govt.nz.  Contact details: Boehringer Ingelheim level 1, unit 9, 42 Ormiston Road, East Tamaki, Auckland 2016 phone 0800 802 461.

SPIRIVA RESPIMAT Consumer Medicine Information – abridged
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT is fully funded for COPD (from March 1st 2016).  Special Authority criteria apply.  Normal doctor’s fees and a pharmacy charge will apply.
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT® (tiotropium 2.5mcg) is a PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE.  It is used to make breathing easier in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  SPIRIVA RESPIMAT should not be used to treat a sudden attack of breathlessness, wheezing or coughing.  SPIRIVA RESPIMAT should be used with caution in patients with glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), kidney and prostate gland problems and in patients with known heart rhythm disorders.  Care must be taken not to allow the spray to enter into the eyes.  SPIRIVA RESPIMAT like all medicines can cause unwanted side effects in some people.  These may include dry mouth, sore throat, cough, fast heartbeat, blurred vision and constipation.  If symptoms persist or you have side effects talk to your doctor.  Always read the label and use strictly as directed. Ask your doctor if SPIRIVA RESPIMAT is right for you. A copy of the Consumer Medicine Information leaflet can be obtained from Boehringer Ingelheim or from the Medsafe website www.medsafe.govt.nz.  Contact details: Boehringer Ingelheim level 1, unit 9, 42 Ormiston Road, East Tamaki, Auckland 2241 phone 0800 802 461.