I am a 43 year old man who was recently diagnosed with COPD, specificaly Emphysema. I first began using Spiriva about a year ago with a severe upper respiratory infection/Bronchial infection, and noticed that every now and then, my tongue swells up. The swelling seems to be mainly the bottom of the tongue and feels bruised before and during the swelling, at the base of the tongue. I have heard that this could be a possible side effect of Spiriva, but can't find the info anywhere. At first I thought that the swelling was an alergic reaction to food, but when Benedril did not reduce the swelling and Ibuprofen did, I had to rethink it. If this IS a reaction, do I need another medication? If so, what other option is there? By the way,The swelling seems random, only happening occasionaly.
If this was an allergic reaction to Spriva, it would happen whenever you use it and not sporadically. Swelling that involves blood vessels and not simply a hive which itches is called angioedema and can be caused by many different things. That may be why the antihistamine did not work. Any swelling of the tongue can be potentially dangerous and I would recommend speaking to your physician about this soon.
As a user of the same medications you mentioned I would ask ..... are you really diligent about rinsing your mouth and gargling after each use ??? And I don't mean just a quick swish, I sometimes even brush my teeth as well as rinse several times after each use. Just a thought.
I never thought to rinse my mouth after using my inhalers, and my Dr. never mentioned it. I'll give it a try and see if it stops the swelling...although, this happens only occasionaly, it still worries me!
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