Atrovent (Ipratropium)

Atrovent is a drug also known as Ipratropium, it is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and other symptoms that come along with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Atrovent is in a class of medication that relaxes the airways to make breathing easier, these are called bronchodilators. Atrovent usually is taken by inhalation through the mouth using a nebulizer or in an aerosol can. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, or follow the instructions your doctor gives you on how to take this medication. If Atrovent does not work for you your doctor may prescribe a different inhaler for you to use while you need medication.  Your doctor may tell you to take additional doses of this medication. Do not take more unless your doctor tells you it is alright to do so. However, do not ever exceed more than 12 doses in 24 hours.  If your symptoms get worse or Atrovent does no longer treat your symptoms call your doctor for more guidance.

Do not get Atrovent in your eyes as this may cause you to develop narrow angle glaucoma which causes loss of sight.  Call your doctor if you get Atrovent in your eyes. Only use your inhaler for Atrovent with Atrovent canisters, if you do not it could mix medications which is unsafe to do. Before you use Atrovent tell your doctor if you are allergic to ipratropium, atropine, or any other medications. Tell your doctor if you are taking any supplements or any other medications, also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or if you become pregnant while using Atrovent. Like any other medication Atrovent can cause side effects, some these side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • difficulty urinating
  • pain when urinating
  • frequent need to urinate
  • back pain

Call your doctor if these side effects become serious or do not go away. If you experience any of the following side effects call your doctor immediately because they are serious:

  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • chest pain

Atrovent causes similar side effects to advair. Advair side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Mild muscle or bone pain
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Throat irritation
  • Tremor
  • Vomiting

If you know someone who is taking Atrovent and they collapse or stop breathing call 911 immediately. If you have any other questions about Atrovent or Advair call your doctor for more information.