Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide)
What is Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) used for?
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is an inhalable medication prescribed as a long-term treatment for patients who are suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medication operates by relaxing the airways to allow easier and more comfortable respiration. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions. It is important to note that this medication is not meant to be used to relieve an asthma attack as it occurs and an emergency inhaler should be kept on hand at all times.
How should I use Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) ?
Strictly follow your doctor`s instructions while using Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one spray administered two times each day, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. To administer these doses gently shake the inhaler to mix its contents, remove the cover from the mouthpiece, exhale deeply, place your mouth securely over the mouthpiece, and inhale deeply while pressing the canister to draw the medicine into the lungs. Hold your breath for twenty seconds or as long as is comfortable for you to allow the medication to be absorbed. If you have not used the medication for several days it may be necessary to prime the inhaler by pointing the nozzle away from your face and pressing the canister until one spray is dispensed. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) ?
Some patients using Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are blurry vision, urinary retention, painful urination, trouble breathing, or deterioration of the symptoms being treated. Tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms as soon as they occur to make sure the necessary changes are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop further health complications from occurring.
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) should not be used to treat patients who are allergic to ipratropium bromide or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, cystic fibrosis, or an enlarged prostate as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems that require special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.