copd unbearable itching

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I started Spiriva about 7 weeks ago  . The itching started about 3weeks ago 

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    I haven't had this effect from Spiriva and I've been using it for about 3 years now.

    Have you talked to your doctor abouit it?

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    Underlines what I keep saying on here - we're all so different !

    In my 30's to 50's I suffered from uncontrollable itching on lower legs and arms while insect bites took months to heal but since taking inhaled steroids and the occasional bouts of Prednisolone, it's all been fine for the past 6 years.

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      I'm a bit like you ,I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about 20 years ago ,,,,,not pleasant ,,,,,but touch wood etc ,,,,,since I've been on steroid inhalers for my asthma Bronchietis emphasyma ( copd) approx 15 years they seem to have helped also with the colitis,
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    Hi Bill3366, Itching? and where? how wide spread? I have been on spiriva for about the same length of time as you, I have a constant itch across the top of my back, well, thats the worst area! can't see it of course but it feels like there is raised area. I will be talking to doctor about it next visit!

     

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      The itching has gotten out of control. Sleep is only about 1to2 hrs at a shot . Could not sleep because of it last night and while sitting here I found this blog . Google   Spiriva itching allergic reaction . I'm done with Spiriva !
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      Oh Bill..that it awful..you need for your doctor to find you an alternative.. Good luck and I will be thinking of you..! hugs xx
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    Hi Bill, smile 

    I'm a newbie to the site and this group and quite by chance saw your post. 

    I have also been on Spiriva for several years and although I now can't pin-point

    the start of my itching, I've had it for quite some time. Doctor told me it

    was just down to a dry skin area and gave me cream to put on - which was

    totally useless as I couldn't reach the area at the top of my back to put it on

    properly. 

    Your post has made me wonder if the problem for me is also due to the

    Spiriva ! 

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      I stopped using Spiriva two days ago, and the itching has really got much more bearable ,though my breathing is not good. My MD is aware of this and will see me this Wednesday. I need something to replace the Med with. Go to the Spiriva/itching Google site
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      I am going to stop using my Spiriva for a few days I think, see if it makes any difference for me. I'm on 2 other inhalers too so should be able to get by with them for a few days. Of course, it may be that it is one of the other inhalers that is causing the itching for me - but I will try and find out. 

      Hope your doctor can find something else suitable for you and I will check out that site you mention - thank you smile

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      Stopped Spiriva two days ago. Breathing was not as good as when I was on it but the itchin was really out of hand 
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    Hi Bill,

    Thought I would tell you about my recent experience with Spiriva.  I was on the medicatiion for approx 6 months without any side effects, then suddenly I was

    itching everywhere.  Doctors gave me creams and tablet still it didnt stop, then

    my phamacist looked up and there it was spiriva can cause itching.  I stopped taking the medication and within two weeks the itching had gone.  That was over

    8 months ago, and I started last thursday using it again as my breathing was

    really bad and sputum was excessive, last night the itching started so I have 

    an appointment to see gp next week to ask for an alternative

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