Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium)
Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide) Product Information
Atrovent Inhaler is the medication your doctor may prescribe you to prevent and control COPD symptoms, and can also be used for asthma attacks. It is classified as an antimuscarinic bronchodilator which help with wheezing and shortness of breath.
Atrovent Inhaler is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. We offer the 20 mcg strength starting at $36.00 USD price. The generic for Atrovent is called Ipratropium, which we have available in the same dose as the brand, but it is manufactured by a different company. Generic Ipratropium is available at a cost of 22 USD for one inhaler. Both options are available from our licensed pharmacy in the United Kingdom. The usual shipping time is 7-10 business days to USA.
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What is Atrovent inhaler used for?
Atrovent Inhaler is used to manage and prevent signs of COPD. This refers to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A patient with ongoing COPD can be given Atrovent Inhaler as it is able to relax the muscles around the airways. It causes the blocked airways to open up and this makes breathing much easier. When taken to control symptoms of COPD, such as wheezing and loss of breath, Atrovent Inhaler should be used regularly.
This is to ensure that it effectively stops COPD from occurring. However, you might still need a quick-acting inhaler (rescue inhaler) to prevent an active attack. While Atrovent Inhaler can be used to stop wheezing and abrupt shortness of breath, it doesn’t work as quickly as some other inhalers, including salbutamol.
It can also be used by people who experience breathing difficulty and wheezing due to asthma.
How to use the inhaler?
One thing to keep in mind is that this medicine works well if you used correctly. Therefore, read the product label and follow all what is written on it. As well, call our pharmacist if you need to confirm some details or get in touch with your doctor.
It is so important to follow priming tips if this will be your first time to use Atrovent Inhaler or if you have not used it for three consecutive days. So, spray it away from your face to prevent the substance from getting into the eyes.
Inhale it directly by mouth or as your doctor shows you four times per day. Put your lips tightly around the mouth piece and then close your eyes. If this gets into the eye you can experience temporary blurred vision, pain or irritation.
If using other inhalers, make sure you wait at least a minute between applications. Then rinse your mouth after use to keep it from drying and to protect your throat from irritation. Make sure you clean your mouthpiece once every week with water and let it air dry.
Common side effects include: dizziness, stomach upset, dry mouth, constipation and nausea. These are well-tolerated but if they persist, you should inform your physician.
If you develop severe breathing difficulties after use, use your quick-acting inhaler to stop this. Then seek medical help.
Painful urination, fast heartbeat and related side effects are red flags and should be reported.
There are precautions you should take prior to using Atrovent Inhaler. This will ensure your success and safety when using it. If it is not suitable for you, your doctor will prescribe a safer alternative. Before using the inhaler tell your physician the following:
- Do you have angle-closure glaucoma or are there people who have it in your family? If so, let your doctor know
- Don’t use if you are allergic to ipratropium or tiotropium
- This drug may cause blurred vision or dizziness. So don’t drive or operate machines
- Don’t use if you use cannabis or alcohol as vision and alertness will be seriously affected
- If you are a senior with constipation and/or urinating issues, speak to your doctor about it
- Let your doctor know about all the other medications you re using
- If breastfeeding or pregnant, don’t use before talking to a doctor
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.