Watch for Mix-Ups Between Spiriva Respimat and Combivent Respimat

You'll see two new inhalers for COPD, Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) and Combivent Respimat (ipratropium/salbutamol).

Think of them as different forms of existing agents.

Spiriva Respimat will be an alternative to the HandiHaler version...and may be easier to use for some patients. The Respimat inhaler delivers a slow-moving mist using a spring mechanism...instead of dry powder from a separate capsule in the HandiHaler device.

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