Respimat® re-usable: Information for patients and carers
Do you use Spiriva® Respimat® (tiotropium), Spiolto® Respimat® (tiotropium/olodaterol) or Striverdi® Respimat® (olodaterol)?
The Respimat® inhaler has changed. Instead of disposing of your Respimat® inhaler each month, you will now be able to use up to six cartridges (30 days of medicine per cartridge) with a re-usable inhaler. All Respimat® inhalers have transitioned to the re-usable inhaler, as of 17th September 2019. The disposable Respimat® is no longer available for new prescriptions.
What does this mean for you?
Each Respimat® re-usable inhaler will be used with up to six cartridges that contain the medicine. Instead of getting a new inhaler plus a cartridge with each prescription, you will receive one empty inhaler plus one cartridge for the first prescription and then for each of the following five prescriptions you will receive only a refill cartridge to replace the cartridge within the re-usable inhaler.
The cartridge will need to be replaced after 30 days of use. You will be able to use up to six cartridges (30 days of medicine per cartridge) with one re-usable Respimat® inhaler. You can also mark the number of cartridges on your inhaler to keep track of how many you have had (see How to Use section on your right).
What do you need to do?
Your pharmacist will give you the Respimat® re-usable inhaler on presentation of your prescription from September 2019. You should read the instructions in the package leaflet (see Product Information to your right for the currently available Respimat® inhaler) and ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions.
This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. See yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk for how to report side effects.
NP-UK-100836 V1 | September 2019