After priming, each actuation of the inhaler delivers 20 mcg of ipratropium bromide from the valve in 56 mg of solution and delivers 17 mcg of ipratropium bromide from the mouthpiece.

Atrovent Inhaler
Ipratropium Bromide

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ATROVENT INHALER (IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE)

Overview

Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is a prescription based drug. It is used to treat symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It also helps chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms from getting worse. Unlike Atrovent Inhalation Solution, this medicine comes with an Inhaler.

How It Works

Atrovent inhaler contains an active ingredient called Ipratropium Bromide, which is also its generic name. This ingredient belongs to a class of drugs called bronchodilators. In asthma and COPD, the muscles contract around the airways. The airways get blocked because of which it becomes difficult to breathe. It happens because of cholinergic nerves which use acetylcholine chemical to communicate. Bronchodilators block the effect of cholinergic nerves. It helps in expanding the airways in the lungs. This is how Atrovent inhaler makes it easier to breathe.

Dosage

  • Dosage for Asthma:
  • Adult and 12 years or older children: 1 to 4 puffs (4 times daily) with regular intervals.
  • Children below 12 years: 1 to 2 puffs (2 or 3 times daily) with regular intervals.
  • Dosage for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease:
  • Adult Dosage: Initial dose of 2 puffs, four times daily.
  • Not more than 12 puffs in 24 hours.

Common Side Effects

  • Serious Side Effects:
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Severe Breathing problems
  • Wheezing
  • Less urination
  • Swelling of eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Choking
  • Breathing problems getting worse
  • Common Side Effects:
  • Fever
  • Body pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Cold
  • Cough

These are some side effects of this drug. If you notice any symptoms, get immediate medical help.

How to Take This Medication

  • Please take it as and when prescribed by the doctor.
  • Follow the instruction and directions given while using an inhaler.
  • Consult a doctor, if you fail to understand the instructions.
  • There are 2 types of inhalers, one with CFC and other with HFA as the propellant.
  • You have to prime the inhaler first.
  • How to prime:
  • Insert the canister into the mouthpiece.
  • Shake it well.
  • Please keep it away from your face and spray the inhaler 2 or 3 times in the air.
  • It is primed now.
  • If you don’t use it for more than 3 days, prime it again, consequently.
  • Use your inhaler by the method shown by your doctor.
  • Clean it after use, above all.
  • Watch the dose indicator to know how many doses are left, likewise.
  • Once it’s over, refill your prescription or use a new one.
  • However, if you skip a dosage, don’t take the dose twice.
  • If you overdose moreover, call for immediate medical help.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Don’t take Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide)if you have/are, for instance:
  • Allergic reaction
  • Inform your doctor if you have/are, for instance:
  • Glaucoma
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Bladder problems
  • Urination problems
  • Paradoxical Bronchospasm
  • Wheezing
  • Going to have a surgery
  • Pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • You are taking other medication.
  • Please don’t get it in your eyes.
  • It is only meant for prevention of bronchospasm attacks.
  • During an attack, use a fast-acting inhaler.
  • It is not yet safe and effective for children, yet. Moreover, consult your doctor first.
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