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Tiotropium Respimat® improves physical functioning in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Author(s): Heike Rau-Berger | Harald Mitfessel | Thomas Glaab

Journal: International Journal of COPD
ISSN 1176-9106

Volume: 2010;
Issue: default;
Start page: 367;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Heike Rau-Berger1, Harald Mitfessel2, Thomas Glaab11Medical Affairs Germany, Respiratory Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH and Co. KG, Ingelheim; 2Pulmonology Practice, Remscheid, GermanyAim: This observational study with tiotropium Respimat® was performed in a real-life setting to investigate its effectiveness with regard to physical functioning and tolerability.Methods: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; n = 1,230; mean age, 65.5 years) received tiotropium 5 µg once daily via Respimat® Soft Inhaler for 6 weeks in an open-label observational study. At baseline and week 6, patients completed the Physical Function subdomain [PF-10] of the Short Form (SF) 36 questionnaire.Results: Improvement in standardized PF-10 score of ≥10 points was achieved by 61.5% of patients. Mean (SD) standardized PF-10 scores improved by 13.4 (15.9) points, from 49.0 (24.5) to 62.3 points (23.5; P < 0.001). Results in smokers (n = 435) were not significantly different to those in nonsmokers. The general condition of patients improved during treatment. Adverse events were reported by 4.0% of patients and were chiefly respiratory symptoms and dry mouth.Conclusion: In COPD patients receiving tiotropium Respimat® in daily practice, physical function improved rapidly within 6 weeks of treatment, irrespective of smoking status.Keywords: COPD, tiotropium, physical function, therapy
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