|| Atrovent Inhaler
|| Ipratropium Bromide
|| Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd.
What is Atrovent Inhaler?
Atrovent Inhaler with the active ingredient ipratropium bromide is a bronchodilator used to control and prevent symptoms caused by ongoing lung diseases. It can open up the airways by relaxing the muscles around the airways and allow increased air flow to the lungs. The medication can help with symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
How is Atrovent Inhaler used?
Atrovent Inhaler should be used as directed by a doctor, usually inhaled 4 times per day. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patient's condition and their response to the medication. The maximum recommended dosage for the medication is 12 puffs in a 24 hour span. Before the initial dose or if the inhaler has not been used for more than 3 days, the inhaler will need to be primed before use. To prime the inhaler direct the nozzle away from the face and apply 2 test sprays. Breathe out as completely as possible through the mouth before applying the spray. Press down firmly on the canister and breathe in slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece. Hold your breath for 10 seconds before removing the inhaler and breathe out slowly. If you require multiple doses, wait at least 15 seconds before administering the second spray.
Patients taking Atrovent Inhaler may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Back pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Blurred vision
- Painful urination
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Worsening symptoms
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Atrovent Inhaler is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.