Why might my doctor prescribe tiotropium?

Your doctor might prescribe tiotropium (Spiriva HandiHaler) if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in which air passages of the lungs may be swollen, making it difficult to breathe properly. COPD causes coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Tiotropium is a bronchodilator -- a type of medicine that relaxes those air passages, allowing them to open.

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