Atrovent is an inhaler that is used to relax the muscles in the airways and improve airflow into the lungs. It belongs to the class of medicines known as anticholinergic bronchodilators. Atrovent helps treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
Atrovent does not start working immediately like reliever inhalers. It starts showing effect 30 to 60 minutes after using the inhaler and this effect lasts for about three to six hours.
Atrovent HFA (inhaler) and Atrovent UDV which is used in nebulizers, both contain the active ingredient ipratropium bromide. This medicine opens up the airways in the lungs and makes it easier to breathe. However, this medicine is not to be used when you need immediate relief in case of shortness of breath or wheezing. In that case, you must use a quick-relief inhaler.
Atrovent is effective for bronchospasm which is caused due to COPD, asthma or bronchitis. It helps treat narrowed airways effectively and relaxes the muscles to help the easier flow of air.
Atrovent HFA is usually used three to four times a day. You may have to use one or two puffs. The dosage will be recommended to you by the doctor depending on your medical condition. It is important that you stick to this dosage stringently and do not make any alternations as per your convenience.
When you start using the Atrovent inhaler follow the below mentioned steps.
Step 1: For the first three days of your usage, you will need to prime the inhaler. To do so, point the spray in the direction opposite to your face in order to prevent the medication from entering your eyes.
Step 2: The medication has to be inhaled directly into the mouth. It can result in pain or irritation in your eyes if it enters the eyes. To avoid this, keep the mouthpiece inside your mouth and clasp your lips tightly around it. Close your eyes when using the inhaler.
Step 3: If you have been asked to take two puffs during one dose, wait for at least a minute between the two puffs.
Step 4: After you take the medicine, rinse your mouth with water in order to prevent irritation inside the throat or a dry mouth.
Step 5: Clean your inhaler mouthpiece once every week with water. And allow it to air-dry completely before you start using it again.
It is best to use the inhaler every day at the same time. this will help you remember the dose and maintain equal intervals between the doses.
Atrovent should be used with caution by people who:
Have difficulty in passing urine
Have glaucoma or high pressure in the eyes
Have cystic fibrosis
Have a family history of any of the above medical conditions
Atrovent should not be used by:
People who are allergic to the active ingredient ipratropium bromide or related medicines, eg. atropine.
People who are allergic to any other ingredient of the medicine.
Some common side effects of Atrovent include:
Atrovent HFA may cause dizziness or blurry vision. So, it is best that you avoid the consumption of alcohol or marijuana which make you dizzier. It is also recommended that you do not perform any actions like driving, operating a machine or any other task which requires clarity of vision or greater alertness.
Atrovent HFA may interact with other drugs. Hence it is recommended that you share the entire list of prescription and non-prescription drugs which you take with your doctor. Also, do not start, stop or make any modifications to the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
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Store the medicine at 25°C. Also, ensure that the canister is at room temperature before using.
Use the medicine during pregnancy only if there is a clear need and your doctor recommends it. Whether Atrovent gets passed into the breast milk is not yet known, so consult your doctor before using it during breastfeeding.
No, Atrovent inhaler is a bronchodilator.
Atrovent HFA is approved for long-term usage. However, use it only as per your doctor’s recommendation.
Yes, you can if your cough is a symptom of COPD and your doctor has prescribed the medicine to you.
No interactions have been yet found between the two medicines as per clinical studies. But that does not mean that there are no interactions.
This is a very rare side effect of the medicine, occurring in less than one per cent of the patients.
Atrovent HFA can be used three to four times a day, as per the recommendation of your doctor.
In very rare cares, it has been observed that Atrovent worsens the patients condition. If you experience this, please consult your doctor immediately before taking another dose of the medicine.