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   Ipratropium

Ipratropium
(inhalation) (aerosol)


Prevents asthma attacks and treats other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis.

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Atrovent, Atrovent HFA
 
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Ipratropium
Atrovent, Atrovent HFA
Uses
Prevents asthma attacks and treats other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis.

Storage
  • Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold.
  • Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Aerosol. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. You will use this medicine with a device called a metered-dose inhaler.
  • The inhaler fits on the medicine canister and turns the medicine into a fine spray that you breathe in through your mouth and to your lungs.
  • You may be told to use a spacer, which is a tube that is placed between the inhaler and your mouth.
  • Your caregiver will show you how to use your inhaler and the spacer (if needed). This medicine comes with patient instructions.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to use the inhaler. Shake the inhaler well just before each use.
  • Avoid spraying this medicine into your eyes.
  • Test spray in the air before using for the first time or if the inhaler has not been used for a while. Rinse your mouth out with water after your have finished inhaling this medicine. Carefully follow the patient instructions about cleaning and caring for your inhaler.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing Worsening asthma symptoms

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ipratropium or to atropine or to peanuts, soybeans, or soya lecithin.
  • This medicine is not to be used during an asthma attack.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma, an enlarged prostate or any problems with urination. This medicine will not stop an asthma attack that has already started.
  • Your doctor may prescribe another medicine for you to use in case of an acute asthma attack. If you use any type of corticosteroid medicine to control your asthma, keep using it as ordered by your doctor.
  • This includes corticosteroid medicines that are taken by mouth or inhaled (such as prednisone, Azmacort®, Deltasone®, Flovent®). If any of your asthma medicines do not seem to be working as well as usual, call your doctor right away.
  • Do not change your doses or stop using your medicines without asking your doctor.

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