Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide)

Atrovent Inhaler

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Ipratropium Bromide

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Atrovent inhaler, which contains the active ingredient ipratropium, is indicated for the control and prevention of symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath caused by ongoing lung diseases, specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes bronchitis and emphysema.

Ipratropium works by relaxing the muscles around the airways, allowing them to open up and making breathing easier. 

The inhaler does not provide immediate relief for symptoms of wheezing or sudden shortness of breath. For immediate relief, a quick-relief inhaler such as albuterol (salbutamol) should be used unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider.


  • Prime the inhaler if it's new or unused for more than 3 days. Spray away from your face.
  • Inhale by mouth as directed by your healthcare provider, usually 4 times a day.
  • Close your eyes and put your lips tightly around the mouthpiece when inhaling.
  • Wait at least 1 minute between puffs if your dose is 2.
  • Space inhalers 1 minute apart if using others at the same time.
  • Rinse your mouth after use to prevent irritation.
  • Clean the mouthpiece weekly with water and air-dry completely.
  • Use regularly at spaced intervals for best results.
  • Track your inhalations and discard the canister after reaching the labeled amount.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or don't improve.
  • Learn about your inhalers. Which are daily controllers and which are quick-relief for sudden breathing problems.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about a plan for worsening symptoms or quick-relief inhaler ineffectiveness.


  • Don't get the medication in your eyes.
  • Don't increase your dose or use it more often without consulting your healthcare provider.
  • Don't stop using it without talking to your healthcare provider first

Common side effects of Atrovent inhaler may include:

  • Bitter taste
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Serious side effects of Atrovent inhaler are rare but may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Rash or itching

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking an Atrovent inhaler,  contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Disclose any allergies to ipratropium, tiotropium, atropine, belladonna-type drugs, or any ingredients in the inhaler.

Inform your healthcare provider about glaucoma (especially angle-closure type) or difficulty urinating (e.g., enlarged prostate).

Be aware of potential dizziness, blurred vision, or vision changes. Avoid activities requiring alertness (driving, operating machinery) until these effects subside. Limit alcohol and marijuana use as they can worsen dizziness.

Disclose all medications (prescription, non-prescription, herbal) to your healthcare provider before surgery.

Older adults may experience increased side effects like urination problems or constipation.

Use only when clearly necessary if pregnant. Discuss risks and benefits with your healthcare provider. Consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding as it's unknown if the medication passes into breast milk.

Brand Name:

Atrovent Inhaler

Generic name:

Ipratropium Bromide

Other Names:

Atrovent Inhaler HFA

Strength(s): 20mcg
Quantities Available: 200, 400


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