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Ipratropium (Oral Inhalation)


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    • U.S. Brand Names: Atrovent® HFA
    • Canadian Brand Names: Atrovent® HFA;Gen-Ipratropium;Mylan-Ipratropium Sterinebs;Novo-Ipramide;Nu-Ipratropium;PMS-Ipratropium
    • Pharmacologic Category: Anticholinergic Agent

    • It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
    • Ipratropium relaxes lung muscles.


    How to take

    • For breathing in only by a puffer (inhaler) or as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
    • A spacer can be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easier delivery.
    • Check puffer (inhaler) use with doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Using the puffer the right way is major.
    • If you are using more than one type of puffer (inhaler), ask doctor which puffer to use first.
    • Rinse out mouth after each use.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from heat.



    • If you have an allergy to ipratropium or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.


    • This drug is not for the treatment of acute episodes of shortness of breath.
    • If you have glaucoma, talk with doctor.
    • If you are a man with problems passing urine, talk with doctor.
    • If you have myasthenia gravis, talk with doctor.
    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Throat irritation.
    • Nose stuffiness.
    • Cough.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.


    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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