Atrovent Inhaler Classification and Drug Description

Atrovent inhaler

Atrovent is a standard metered dose asthma inhaler used for prevention of some of the symptoms caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mainly reducing the intensity of bronchospasms - sudden constrictions of airways that make it difficult to breath. Atrovent inhaler is effective for both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The medication being used in Atrovent is called ipratropium bromide, it belongs to the sub class of anticholinergics known as antimuscarinics. These drugs help reduce COPD symptoms by affective some of the receptors in the lungs that make the airway muscles contract, helping to keep them in a normal, relaxed state.

Atrovent inhaler will help reduce most of the following COPD symptoms:

  • Coughing;
  • Overproduction of mucus;
  • The inhaler is now ready to use. Take a deep breath, exhaling away from the device.
  • Shortness of breath from natural causes (e.g. physical exercise);
  • Chest pain or tightness;
  • Wheezing.

Atrovent Side Effects, Warnings and Precautions

Before you start using Atrovent inhaler, it is a good idea to contact your doctor first and tell him if you have ever had any of the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma;
  • Enlarged prostate (a condition known as BPH);
  • Allergies of any kind;
  • A bladder problem;
  • Liver or kidney disease.

The amount of Atrovent side effects is limited, and generally does not include any more then the following:

  • Increased heart rate (tachicardia);
  • Headache, dizziness, blurred vision;
  • Dry mouth, cough, throat irritation;
  • Vomiting, nausea, stomach upset, constipation, difficulty urinating.

The medication used in Atrovent inhaler may cause allergic reactions. Signs of a major allergic reaction include: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat. If you are not sure whether or not you are allergic to ipratropium bromide, consult your doctor prior to using Atrovent.

Basic Atrovent Instructions and Dosage Information

Atrovent is mostly a slow acting medication, which is why it should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks or bronchospasms. Use it on a daily regimen as directed by your doctor; most of the time the regimen consists of 2 inhalations 4 times a day, distanced at even intervals. This amount may be increased based on the severity of your condition, but you should not take more than 12 inhalations of Atrovent in 24 hours.

If you buy Atrovent inhaler online, remember to prime it before you start using it by releasing 2 puffs of the medication into the air, away from you. Unlike other inhaler devices, Atrovent inhaler does not need to be shaken before use or priming. Same as other MDI devices, Atrovent requires precise positioning and timing of medication release in order to be effective. Refer to our Inhaler Technique page for more information on how to use MDI inhalers, or contact your healthcare provider.

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