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Atrovent

What is Atrovent inhalation

Atrovent inhalation is used to prevent bronchospasm. By preventing narrowing of the airways, Atrovent increases air flow to the lungs.

Atrovent inhalation is used to treat lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and sometimes asthma.

Atrovent inhalation may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Atrovent inhalation

Do not use Atrovent inhalation if you have a soya lecithin allergy (e.g., an allergy to soybeans or peanuts).

Atrovent inhalation is not intended for use during acute bronchospastic attacks (asthma attacks or difficulty breathing). It may not be able to open your airways and allow you to breath. Atrovent is better used to prevent these attacks.

It is very important that you use your Atrovent inhaler properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs. You doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler use.

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Who should not use Atrovent inhalation

Do not use Atrovent inhalation if you have a soya lecithin allergy (e.g., soybeans or peanuts).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- glaucoma (narrow angle), which may get worse if you use Atrovent; or
- an enlarged prostate or a bladder obstruction, which also may get worse if you use Atrovent.

You may not be able to use Atrovent inhalation, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have either of the conditions listed above.

Atrovent inhalation is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not, however, use Atrovent inhalation without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether Atrovent passes into breast milk. Do not use Atrovent inhalation without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Atrovent inhalation is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age.

How should you use Atrovent inhalation

Use Atrovent inhalation exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Shake the inhaler several times and uncap the mouthpiece. Breathe out fully and place your lips around the mouthpiece. Take a deep, slow breath as you push down on the canister. Hold your breath for several seconds, then exhale slowly.

Rinse your mouth after each use of the inhaler.

It is very important that you use your Atrovent inhaler properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs. Your doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler use.

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Keep your inhaler clean and dry. Keep the mouthpiece capped to avoid getting dirt inside it. Clean your inhaler once a day by removing the canister and mouthpiece and immersing it in warm water or alcohol. Allow the parts to dry, then reassemble the inhaler.

Store Atrovent inhalation at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if you overdose:

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to threaten life. If you suspect that a very large dose has been taken, call your doctor or poison control center for advice. No symptoms of an Atrovent inhalation overdose have been reported in the past.

What should you avoid while using Atrovent inhalation

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes with water.

Possible side effects of Atrovent inhalation

If you experience either of the following serious side effects, stop using Atrovent inhalation and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
- a racing heart rate.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Atrovent inhalation and talk to your doctor if you experience
- headache or dizziness;
- dry mouth, cough, or hoarseness;
- nausea, vomiting, or constipation; or
- blurred vision.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Atrovent inhalation

The following drugs may increase the side effects of Atrovent:
- atropine,
- belladonna,
- clidinium (Donnatal),
- dicyclimine (Quarzan),
- popantheline (ProBanthine),
- mepenzolate (Cantil),
- methantheline (Banthine),
- methscopolamine (Pamine), and
- scopolamine (Transderm-Scop).

Before using Atrovent inhalation, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Atrovent inhalation or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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