FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1What is STIOLTO
STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) has been clinically proven to significantly increase lung function and help people with COPD breathe better—all day and all night.
STIOLTO is a once-daily, steroid-free, long-acting maintenance treatment that helps control COPD symptoms. It’s a combination of two types of medicines: tiotropium, an anticholinergic, or long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), and olodaterol, a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA). These two medicines help the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent COPD symptoms, such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
STIOLTO is not for sudden COPD symptoms. Always have a rescue inhaler. It is not for people with asthma, and should not be used by children or anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in STIOLTO.
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2How can STIOLTO
- Can decrease the use of rescue inhalers
- Delivers a slow-moving mist to help you inhale the medicine
- Is steroid free
- Starts to open airways in just 5 minutes* AND lasts a full 24 hours
*STIOLTO is not for sudden COPD symptoms. Always carry a rescue inhaler.
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3What is inhaleability?
When you have COPD, breathing can be a constant struggle. Breathing in your COPD medicine shouldn't be. That's inhaleability.
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4What is the difference between
and maintenance treatment?
While rescue inhalers treat sudden symptoms, maintenance treatments like STIOLTO RESPIMAT, are medicines you take daily to manage your COPD symptoms.
5Is there a guide to help me prepare and
use STIOLTO RESPIMAT?
6I use oxygen. Will I still need to
with STIOLTO RESPIMAT?
If your doctor has prescribed oxygen for your COPD, you should still take it as prescribed after starting STIOLTO unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
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7What is chronic obstructive
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable, and treatable disease that is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitation. It can make it difficult to get air out of your lungs and new air back in. While there is no cure for COPD, with lifestyle changes and medication, you may be able to breathe better and manage your symptoms.
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8What are the symptoms
Some symptoms of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
9Can I prevent my COPD
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to slow the progression of COPD. STIOLTO RESPIMAT can help you breathe easier, even if you have smoked. Once-daily STIOLTO is proven to help people who smoked a pack a day for 10 years breathe better.
10What can trigger my
Many things can cause COPD symptoms to suddenly worsen. Triggers include:
- Cigarette smoke and smoking
- Extreme hot or cold weather
- Air pollution
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11What is a flare-up?
COPD is a disease that can get worse over time, which means that symptoms can turn into something called a flare-up or exacerbation. It’s important to know what can cause a flare-up and what you can do to help guard against them. STIOLTO RESPIMAT contains tiotropium, which has been shown to help significantly reduce the risk of flare-ups.
What can cause a flare-up?
Most flare-ups are caused by a lung infection like the common cold, so germs are a threat. Other causes, called triggers, can irritate your lungs and cause flare-ups. Here are some of the most common triggers that should be avoided.
- Weather that is very hot, very cold, or very humid
- Pollution outside from smog and ozone, or inside from tobacco smoke and wood-burning fires
- Household cleaning products with bleach or ammonia
- Allergies to dust, animals, or pets
12Can breathing exercises
help my COPD?
Yes! Ask your doctor about ways to help you breathe more efficiently during the day. He or she can also recommend relaxation techniques to use when you’re short of breath.
13Can I still exercise
In many cases, yes. In fact, exercise can have many benefits for a COPD sufferer. Some low-impact exercise, such as walking, stretching, and gentle strengthening exercises can help decrease shortness of breath and improve your overall level of energy. Talk to your doctor before starting any new activities. Even with COPD, it may be possible and helpful to find an exercise program that works for you.
14What else can I do to better
manage my COPD?
There’s a lot you can do to keep COPD under control. For instance:
- Avoid triggers, such as dust or smoke, that can irritate your lungs
- Get vaccinated against the flu and pneumonia
- Avoid germs during cold and flu season
- Get your family on board with encouragement and support
- Take all medicines as recommended by your doctor
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15Is there a support program for people
Yes! RespiPoints™. If you’re taking STIOLTO RESPIMAT, this free educational support program is a great way to get the most out of your COPD treatment.
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16What financial assistance is
You may be eligible to pay as little as $0* co-pay through the STIOLTO RESPIMAT Savings Card program. In addition, the BI Cares Foundation may be able to help those who are covered by federal or state prescription programs or who have no prescription coverage and need financial assistance.
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