Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide)
What is Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) used for?
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is a bronchodilator used to treat patients suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medication relaxes the muscles in the airways allowing easier and more comfortable respiration. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) ?
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) should always be taken according to your physician's instructions. One spray is normally administered one to three times daily, but your dosage will be based on the condition being treated and the severity of your conditions. Shake the inhaler gently to mix its contents before using the medication. Remove the cap, place your lips securely on the mouthpiece, and inhale deeply while pressing down on a canister to dispense one dose. Hold your breath for five to ten seconds after each application to allow the medication to be absorbed into the lungs. If you have not used the inhaler for more than a week it may be necessary to prime it by pointing it away from your face while pressing the canister until one spray is dispensed. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) ?
The use of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include blurry vision, trouble breathing, urinary retention, painful urination, or deterioration of your asthma symptoms. Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent further complications.
Before beginning the use of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) be sure to inform your physician if you have cystic fibrosis, an enlarged prostate, or glaucoma as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.