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Atrovent is an anticholinergic bronchodilator that comes in the form of an inhaler. Atrovent is used for treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. The generic name for Atrovent is ipratropium bromide. Taking Atrovent regularly opens up the airway and makes breathing easier.
The main ingredient in Atrovent, ipratropium bromide, is a bronchodilator that works by opening the airways. Ipratropium works by blocking receptors found on the muscle surrounding the airways. This allows the muscles surrounding the airways to relax and open.
Atrovent is a solution aerosol that does not require shaking. Before taking Atrovent, patients should “prime” the inhaler by releasing 2 test sprays in the air away from the face. Make sure not to spray yourself in the eyes. Always consult the directions on your inhaler as well as your doctor for the proper use of Atrovent.
Follow these directions to properly take Atrovent:
Some common side effects of Atrovent can include:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following:
Can I use other medicines with Atrovent?
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are taking, especially if you are taking other bronchodilators. Other antimuscarinic medicines may interact if they are taken along with Atrovent.
Some of those medications can include: