Atrovent Inhaler is a medication used to relieve bronchospasm (narrowing of airways) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including bronchitis and emphysema. Atrovent Inhaler contains the active drug ipratropium bromide, which is an anticholinergic bronchodilator that works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open and make breathing easier.
Atrovent Inhaler is available as a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) and is typically used daily to manage COPD symptoms. Atrovent Inhaler is not indicated for the initial treatment of an acute bronchospasm attack and should not be used as a rescue medication for sudden breathing problems. We strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before starting or modifying any medication regimen.
Uses and Dosage
To use Atrovent Inhaler, follow the instructions provided by your doctor and inhale it by mouth, typically four times a day. To avoid eye irritation and other vision changes, be sure to keep the inhaler away from your eyes when using it. When inhaling the medication, put your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and keep your eyes closed. If you are using the inhaler for the first time or if it has not been used for more than three days, follow the instructions for priming it. When priming the inhaler, be careful to spray away from your face to avoid getting the medication into your eyes.
If your prescribed dose is two puffs, you should wait at least one minute between them. If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least one minute between the uses of each medication. If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects while using Atrovent Inhaler, be sure to consult your healthcare professional.
Common Side Effects of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide):
- Dry mouth
- Stomach upset
- Stuffy nose
Serious Side Effects of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide):
- Eye pain or swelling
- Sudden breathing problems
- Vision changes
Form and strength
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Atrovent Inhaler: Inhaler
- 20 mcg
- Atrovent inhaler may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Seek medical attention immediately if you have trouble breathing, hives, or swelling in the face, mouth, tongue, or throat.
- Atrovent inhaler can cause an increase in the pressure inside the eye which can lead to glaucoma. Inform your doctor if you have a history of glaucoma.
- Atrovent Inhaler can cause urinary retention in some men with an enlarged prostate. Inform your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate or are having trouble urinating.
- The safety of Atrovent Inhaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not established. Consult with your doctor before using the medication.
- Atrovent inhaler should be used with caution in patients with impaired renal or hepatic function.
- Inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, or seizures.
- Inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription, over the counter, and herbal products, as Atrovent Inhaler may interact with certain medications, especially other anticholinergic drugs.
- Atrovent inhaler may cause blurred vision, eye pain or discomfort, or other vision changes. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Atrovent Inhaler be used to treat asthma?
Atrovent Inhaler is primarily used to manage COPD symptoms and is not indicated for the treatment of asthma.
Is Atrovent Inhaler a rescue medication for sudden breathing problems?
No, Atrovent Inhaler is not indicated for the initial treatment of an acute bronchospasm attack and should not be used as a rescue medication for sudden breathing problems.
What should I do if I accidentally get Atrovent Inhaler into my eyes?
If you get the medication into your eyes, it may cause eye pain/irritation, temporary blurred vision, and other vision changes. To avoid this, be careful to keep the inhaler away from your eyes when using it. If the medication reaches your throat and is swallowed, the treatment is the same as with an inhaled steroid.