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What should I know about Spiriva before taking it?

Before taking Spiriva (tiotropium), tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or to any other medications, including tiotropium, ipratropium (Atrovent) or atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine). Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm attacks. Do not use it during an attack because it will not work quickly enough -- use a fast-acting inhaler instead. Tell your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate, difficulty urinating, bladder blockage, kidney disease or narrow-angle glaucoma before using Spiriva. The effects of Spiriva on a developing fetus are not known, so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Spiriva.

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