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Ipratropium inhaler

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anticholinergic Atrovent Adult, Children

Ipratropium inhaler - What is it for

​Ipratropium is used to help relieve symptoms in asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Asthma and COPD affect the lungs which makes it harder for the person to breathe as the disease gets worse. Ipratropium helps to keep the airways open, making it easier for one to breathe.

Ipratropium inhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ipratropium inhaler cause?

  • ​Cough/Throat irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea


These symptoms may happen but should get better over time. Check with your doctor if any of these symptoms are serious or do not go away.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

 

Before taking Ipratropium inhaler , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have any of the following medication conditions:
    • Cystic fibrosis (a type of illness in which thick mucus builds up in the lungs and digestive system)
    • Glaucoma (a type of eye condition where the pressure in the eye is increased)
    • Myasthenia gravis (a type of illness linked to muscle weakness)
    • Prostate problems

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ipratropium inhaler ?

Ipratropium inhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ipratropium inhaler be used?

  • ​Use your Ipratropium metered dose inhaler or inhalation solution as directed by your doctor.
  • Please refer to the Ipratropium inhaler’s patient information leaflet to learn how to use the inhaler.
  • For the use of Ipratropium inhalation solution, please seek advice from your nurse or healthcare professional.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Ipratropium inhaler - Handling

How should I handle Ipratropium inhaler safely?

Ipratropium inhaler - Storage

How should I store Ipratropium inhaler ?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

​Cover the mouthpiece when the device is not being used.
Once the bottle of solution for inhalation is opened, throw it away after one month.

For the Ipratropium inhaler, keep the cap on when not in use.

How should I dispose of Ipratropium inhaler safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Ipratropium inhaler - Additional Information

  • Tags: Ipratropium inhaler (SAMA)
  • Updated on Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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