Ipratropium is used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. It is also used to treat air flow blockage and prevent the worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Ipratropium belongs to the family of medicines known as bronchodilators. Bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs.

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  • Atrovent
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking ipratropium:

    More common:
    Bladder pain
    bloody or cloudy urine
    cough producing mucus
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    difficulty with breathing
    frequent urge to urinate
    lower back or side pain
    shortness of breath
    tightness in the chest
    wheezing
    Less common:
    Body aches or pain
    chills
    cough
    ear congestion
    fever
    headache
    loss of voice
    runny nose
    sneezing
    sore throat
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Rare:
    Constipation (continuing) or lower abdominal pain or bloating
    fainting
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    severe eye pain
    skin rash or hives
    swelling of the face, lips, or eyelids
    Incidence not known:
    Blindness
    blurred vision
    confusion
    decrease in the frequency of urination
    decrease in the urine volume
    decreased vision
    difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    hives or welts
    itching
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    nausea or vomiting
    noisy breathing
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    redness of the skin
    redness of the white part of the eyes or inside of the eyelids
    sweating
    tearing
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with ipratropium may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Back pain
    dryness of the mouth
    unpleasant taste
    Less common or rare:
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    burning eyes
    diarrhea
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    heartburn
    indigestion
    joint pain
    loss of appetite
    muscle aches and pains
    nervousness
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    shivering
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
    trembling
    trouble sleeping
  • (inhalation solution, inhalation aerosol, compounding powder)