Posts Tagged ‘tiotropium’

Easier Breathing When Treating a COPD Patient with Tiotropium

Posted by • October 16th, 2013

Mr. C, a 65-year-old male with a 30 pack-year smoking history and a cardiac arrhythmia, comes to your office for treatment of his COPD. He has been well controlled on a regimen including tiotropium delivered by a dry powder inhaler called a HandiHaler. He plans to move to Europe to be near his family, but… Read More…

Tiotropium and the ancient datura plant: Revisiting the role of antimuscarinic therapy in asthma

Posted by • September 6th, 2012

For centuries the datura plant has been used for treatment of respiratory disease. The plant, also known as jimson weed or devil’s trumpet, is a potent member of the alkaloid family with antimuscarinic properties. American physicians in the 19th century would commonly recommend patients to smoke datura leaves for relief of asthma and obstructive airway… Read More…

Inhaler Wars: Tiotropium versus Salmeterol for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted by • March 23rd, 2011

COPD sufferers know the symptoms all too well: the phlegmy cough, gasping wheezy breaths, and chest tightness that signal an exacerbation. Guidelines recommend inhaled long-acting bronchodilators—either an anticholinergic or a β2-agonist—to mitigate symptoms and reduce the frequency of these exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe disease. Which one is more effective? Without large head-to-head… Read More…

Wind of Change? The TALC Trial Blows into Town

Posted by • October 27th, 2010

You’re an asthmatic.  You’re on low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and you’ve addressed all the lifestyle modifications that your doctor has recommended, but you’re still symptomatic almost every day.  It’s clearly time to step-up treatment – but step-up to what?  You could increase your ICS dose, or add an inhaled long-acting beta agonist (LABA), or even… Read More…