Atrovent inhaler

Atrovent inhaler Medication Information:

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What is Atrovent inhaler

An Atrovent inhaler is a method of delivering the drug Atrovent (generic name: ipratropium). When used on a regular basis the Atrovent inhaler can prevent bronchospasm attacks in patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, emphysema or asthma. Atrovent is an anti-muscarinic bronchodilator drug, meaning it stops the narrowing of airways that cause such attacks.

How does it work

The Atrovent inhaler works by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a naturally- occurring chemical, on the muscarinic receptors found on the muscle surrounding your airways. The natural reaction of the muscarinic receptors to acetycholine is to cause the muscle in the airways to contract and the airways to narrow, resulting in bronchospasm attacks. Your Atrovent inhaler prevents this from happening and allows the muscles surrounding your airways to relax and open. Using an inhaler to administer this medicine maximizes the effect of the Atrovent, allowing it to immediately enter your system where it is needed the most in your lungs.

How to use Atrovent

Regular use of your Atrovent inhaler will help avoid bronchospasm attacks and help to keep your airways open all the time. It will not stop a bronchospasm attack once it starts. The goal of Atrovent is to prevent the attacks altogether. Your doctor will prescribe the correct solution dose given your health conditions, however, in general, most patients will use the Atrovent inhaler three to four times daily, with six to eight hours between dosages. Use of your Atrovent inhaler may be a little tricky at first but the overall process is very simple and shouldn't take more than 30 seconds or so once you're using the inhaler on a regular basis.

Side Effects

Common side effects of the Atrovent inhaler include dry mouth, headache, nausea, cough, throat irritation, increased heart rate or palpitations, constipation, blurred vision and difficult urination. This is a non-inclusive list of possible side effects; some users may experience none of these side effects and some users may experience some to a mild degree only. If you are prescribed the Atrovent inhaler, be sure to discuss its potential side effects thoroughly with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other Brand Names

Atrovent's generic name is ipratropium bromide. Other brand names for the Atrovent inhaler are Combivent, Duoneb, Duovent and Berodual N. Ipratropium bromide has been used previously, in nasal spray form, to treat runny noses associated with the common cold.

Safety Information:

The Atrovent inhaler should not be used by pregnant women unless advised by a doctor, who will be able to inform you as to any risks associated with using the Atrovent inhaler while pregnant. In general, medications administered by inhaler pose a minimal risk during breastfeeding, as the amount of medication passed through the breast milk is negligible. Nevertheless, discuss the potential risks of the Atrovent inhaler with your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are nursing. Additionally, Atrovent is contraindicated for those patients who've shown a prior hypersensitivity to ipratropium bromide or atropine and should be used with caution by patients with glaucoma, prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) or bladder-neck obstruction. As with any other prescription medication, discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any other medications you are using, either over the counter or by prescription, prior to using your Atrovent inhaler.

Dosage:

Each use of the Atrovent inhaler administers 17 mcg (micrograms) of ipratropium bromide. The usual starting dosage is two inhalations four times a day, with additional inhalations taken as needed. The total dosage at any time should not exceed 12 inhalations in a 24 hour period. Your doctor will prescribe the correct dosage for your condition and you should not deviate from your prescribed treatment without first consulting your doctor.

Visual Description:

The Atrovent inhaler comes in a small canister which is inserted into the Atrovent inhaler mouthpiece. The patient shakes the canister and mouthpiece apparatus, exhales deeply, then places his lips around the mouthpiece and inhales slowly and deeply while depressing the canister with two fingers. Care should be taken to keep the eyes closed while using the Atrovent inhaler as exposure of the eyes to the Atrovent mist can cause eye pain, blurred vision, narrow-angle glaucoma or worsening of glaucoma.