Tiotropium for COPD: A good foundation therapy for most patients

From a BMJ Editorial:

Tiotropium is a once daily, inhaled, long acting anticholinergic drug (LAMA) that provides 24 hour improvement in airflow and hyperinflation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Clinical trials have consistently shown that these physiological effects translate into improvements in:

- lung function
- exercise tolerance
- health related quality of life
- fewer exacerbations

References:
Tiotropium and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMJ, 2010.
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/340/feb19_1/c833
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