Atrovent (ipratropium) may be a medicine that relaxes muscles within the airways and will increase air flow to the lungs.

Atrovent is employed to stop spasm, or narrowing airways within the lungs, in individuals with respiratory disorder, emphysema, or COPD (chronic hindering respiratory organ disease).

Atrovent might also be used for functions ex-directory during this medication guide.

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  • Atrovent HFA
  • Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Atrovent: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Stop using Atrovent and call your doctor at once if you have a side effect such as:

    bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of this medicine;
    blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
    pain or burning when you urinate;
    urinating less than usual or not at all; or
    worsening of your symptoms.
    Other common Atrovent side effects may include:

    headache, dizziness;
    stuffy nose, sinus pain, dry mouth, cough, hoarseness;
    nausea, upset stomach, constipation;
    back pain; or
    fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
  • The usual starting dose of ATROVENT HFA is two inhalations four times a day. Patients may take additional inhalations as required; however, the total number of inhalations should not exceed 12 in 24 hours. ATROVENT HFA is a solution aerosol that does not require shaking. However, as with any other metered-dose inhaler, some coordination is required between actuating the canister and inhaling the medication. Patients should "prime" or actuate ATROVENT HFA before using for the first time by releasing 2 test sprays into the air away from the face. In cases where the inhaler has not been used for more than 3 days, prime the inhaler again by releasing 2 test sprays into the air away from the face. Patients should avoid spraying ATROVENT HFA into their eyes. Each inhaler provides sufficient medication for 200 actuations. The inhaler should be discarded after the labeled number of actuations has been used. The amount of medication in each actuation cannot be assured after this point, even though the canister is not completely empty.