Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium)

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What is Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium) prescribed for?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung condition in which it makes it difficult for you to breathe. Bronchitis is when your bronchial tubes, which carry the air to your lungs become inflamed and swollen. Because of this you end up with a nagging cough and mucus. Emphysema happens when the linings of the tiny air sacs in your lungs become damaged beyond repair. And over time your lungs damage only gets worse.

Atrovent Inhaler is what is known as a bronchodilator, and it relaxes the muscles in the airways and helps to increase air flow to the lungs.  This medication is also used to help prevent bronchospasm or the narrowing of the airways in the lungs, for people diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Use this medication as prescribed by your doctor, follow all of the directions and if you have any concerns speak with your doctor as soon as you can.

Before your first use, prime the inhaler with 2 test sprays into the away, and away from your face. Prime it once again whenever the inhaler has not been used for longer than 3 days.  You do not need to shake this medication for each use.

Do not use more than 12 Atrovent inhalations in a 24 hour period.

If you are allergic to ipratropium or atropine, notify your doctor. You should not use this inhaler if you allergic to either of these medicines. 

Notify your doctor if you have ever experienced any of the following; glaucoma, and enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction or other urination problems.

Make note to tell you doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This medication is not approved to be used by anyone younger then the age of 18.

Get medical help if you have any signs of having an allergic reaction to Atrovent. Which are as follows; hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Speak with your doctor about receiving treatment for a different medication if you have an allergic reaction to ipratropium.

Seek medical attention at once if you have the following; wheezing, choking, or anything breathing problems after taking this medication.

Side Effects may include; dry mouth, bitter taste, headache, dizziness, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, hoarseness, nausea, upset stomach, constipation, back pain, fever, chills, body aches, and other flu symptoms.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

Store at room temperature. Keep the cover on your inhaler when not in use. Keep away from open flame or high heat. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.

 

 

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