Ipratropium (Atrovent): Patient Information
This belongs to the group of medicines known as antimuscarinic bronchodilators.
Ipratropium can be used to treat symptoms of chronic bronchitis and some cases of asthma.Bronchodilators work by opening up the air passages in the lungs so that air can flow into the lungs more freely. In doing so they help to relieve symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
WHAT is ATROVENT INHALER USED FOR?
It used in treatment of COPD or asthma.
Who should not used Atrovent?
Do not use ATROVENT if:
- You are allergic to ipratropium or any of the other ingredients.
- You are allergic to similar medicines which contain atropine ormedicines like atropine
- You are pregnant, think you are pregnant, likely to get pregnantor are breast-feeding.
How often I can use it?
The usual starting dose of Atrovent is two inhalations four times a day. Patients may take additional inhalations as required; however, the total number of inhalations should not exceed 12 in 24 hours.
What are the possible side effects?
- Allergic reactions – the signs may include skin rash and itching. In severe cases the signs include swelling of your mouth and face, sudden difficulties in breathing and reduction of your blood pressure.
- Tightening of your throat.
- Palpitations (fast or uneven heart beats) or quickening of the heart rate.
- Increased heart rate or irregular heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation.
- Headache, dizziness
- Dry mouth, feeling sick, stomach upset or discomfort
- Cough and throat irritation when you have just used ATROVENT
- Uncommon side effects:
- Itching, skin rash
- Unexpected tightness of the chest, swelling of the throat
- Blurred vision, dilated pupils, glaucoma, painful eyes
- Diarrhea, constipation or being sick
- Mouth or lip sores
What about pregnancy and breast-feeding?
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of Atrovent in pregnant women. Atrovent should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. It is not known whether the active component, ipratropium bromide, is excreted in human milk. Caution should be exercised when Atrovent is administered to a nursing mother.
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