Signs, Symptoms, and Daily Life

What are the symptoms of COPD?


COPD makes it hard to catch your breath. Some symptoms you may be feeling are:

  • Shortness or shallowness of breath
  • An ongoing “smoker’s cough” that produces mucus
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing or whistling when you breathe

Taking a maintenance therapy every day can help control these symptoms, and reduce your rescue inhaler use. But if you’ve been relying on your rescue inhaler, your symptoms might not be under control. But there’s hope. Maintenance treatments, like STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) can help control your COPD symptoms. Don’t wait for these symptoms to continue or get worse. Make an appointment and talk with your doctor about the benefits of a maintenance treatment.

How common is COPD?

15 million people in the United States are diagnosed with COPD

About 15 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD. And as many as 12 million more may have it, but haven’t been diagnosed yet. That’s a lot of people. Some may be experiencing the symptoms and don’t even know it.

The problem is, COPD is a chronic, progressive disease, meaning that it gets worse over time. It’s not a “normal part of aging,” and it doesn’t fix itself. That's why it is so important to talk to your doctor about the maintenance therapy as soon as possible.

How is COPD different from other conditions?

COPD symptoms can seem like other conditions that make breathing difficult. This can include the common cold, flu, respiratory infection, and even pneumonia. The thing is, unlike “acute” (short-lasting) conditions, COPD doesn’t go away after a few days or weeks. Symptoms can also seem similar to those of asthma, but COPD and asthma are two different diseases.

What do I do now?

Talk with your doctor about COPD and its treatments

If you're having breathing problems, or feel like your symptoms aren't under control, it's important not to wait to talk with your doctor. Only your doctor can diagnose COPD and prescribe the right therapies and medications to help you keep it under control.

If you’re a smoker and you’ve tried a number of times to quit, keep trying! Stopping smoking can help slow the progression of COPD. Talk to your doctor about what you’ve tried already, and see if another approach might work best for you.

Having trouble catching your breath? It’s time to catch up with your doctor and ask about STIOLTO.

INDICATION

STIOLTO® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray is a prescription medicine used long term, two puffs once each day, in controlling symptoms in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

STIOLTO contains the anticholinergic, tiotropium, and the long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA), olodaterol. STIOLTO works by helping the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms, such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

STIOLTO is not for treating sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.

Do not use STIOLTO if you have asthma. STIOLTO is approved to treat COPD only.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) medicines, such as olodaterol, (one of the medicines in STIOLTO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems.

More Important Safety Information

INDICATION

STIOLTO® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray is a prescription medicine used long term, two puffs once each day, in controlling symptoms in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

STIOLTO contains the anticholinergic, tiotropium, and the long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA), olodaterol. STIOLTO works by helping the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms, such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

STIOLTO is not for treating sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.

Do not use STIOLTO if you have asthma. STIOLTO is approved to treat COPD only.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (continued)

People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) medicines, such as olodaterol, (one of the medicines in STIOLTO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines, such as olodaterol (one of the medicines in STIOLTO), increase the risk of death in people with COPD. STIOLTO has been approved for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) only. STIOLTO is NOT to be used in asthma.

Do not use STIOLTO if you are allergic to tiotropium, ipratropium, atropine or similar drugs, olodaterol, or any ingredient in STIOLTO. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. Do not use STIOLTO for treating sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.

Do not use STIOLTO more often or at higher doses than prescribed by your doctor. Do not use STIOLTO with other LABAs or anticholinergics. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler but it does not relieve your breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using STIOLTO.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes, kidney problems, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, and problems passing urine.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines (including eye drops), vitamins, and herbal supplements. STIOLTO may interact with other medicines which may cause serious side effects.

STIOLTO can cause serious side effects, including sudden shortness of breath that may be life threatening, fast or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, chest pain, high blood sugar, or low blood potassium that may cause muscle spasms or weakness or abnormal heart rhythm. If any of these happens, stop taking STIOLTO and seek immediate medical help.

STIOLTO can cause new or worsening eye problems including narrow-angle glaucoma, and can increase the pressure in your eyes, which can cause the following symptoms: eye pain, blurred vision, seeing halos or colored images along with red eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking your medicine and call your doctor right away.

STIOLTO can cause new or worsened urinary retention. Symptoms of urinary retention may include difficulty passing urine, painful urination, urinating frequently, or urinating in a weak stream or drips. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking your medicine and call your doctor right away.

STIOLTO is for oral inhalation only. The STIOLTO cartridge is only intended for use with the STIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler.

Do not spray STIOLTO into your eyes.

The most common side effects of STIOLTO are runny nose, cough, and back pain.

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the step-by-step patient Instructions for Use for STIOLTO RESPIMAT before you use your inhaler.

Please see accompanying Medication Guide, Instructions for Use, and Full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING.