• Provides effective treatment for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Relaxes the muscles in the airways to the lungs
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What is Atrovent 20mcg inhaler?

Atrovent is a type of reliever inhaler which provides fast acting relief from asthma symptoms. 

Ipratropium bromide has been used in the treatment of asthma since 1974. It is on the World Health Organisations List of Essential Medicines, which lists the safest and most effective medicines required in a health system.

Ipratropium is a antimuscarinic bronchodilator, which causes the smooth muscles of the airways to relax and allows air to pass more freely through them. For this reason, it is an effective treatment for asthma, COPD and other breathing related illnesses.

What is Atrovent used to treat?

This medication is an effective treatment for people who suffer from breathing difficulties, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

Atrovent is used to control and prevent symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath caused by COPD. Atrovent should not be used to relieve sudden symptoms such as shortness of breath, instead you should use your reliever inhaler for instant relief.

How does Atrovent treat asthma?

The active ingredient within Atrovent, Ipratropium is a bronchodilator medicine and works to dilate the airways of the lungs, allowing air to pass through easier. As a result, this makes breathing much easier.

Ipratropium blocks the muscarinic cholinergic receptors which are responsible for the production of Cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP). As a result of the decrease of cGMP in the airways, this decreases the involuntary contractions of the smooth muscles in the airways. 

How to use Atrovent inhaler?

  1. Insert the cannister into the mouthpiece, make sure the cannister is fully sat in the mouthpiece
  2. Remove the cap of the mouthpiece, ensure there is nothing in the mouthpiece before use
  3. Exhale as much as comfortably possible
  4. Put the mouthpiece to your mouth and close your lips around it
  5. Deeply inhale slowly whilst pressing down on the cannister to release 1 spray of Atrovent
  6. Hold your breath for 10 seconds
  7. Remove the mouthpiece and rinse your mouth out with water.
  8. If you have been instructed to take 2 puffs, you should wait at least 15 seconds.

For more information on how to take Atrovent you should visit the manufacturers website.

Who can take Atrovent 20mcg inhaler?

The Atrovent inhaler is an effective treatment for a range of breathing conditions, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

If any of the below apply to you, you should make sure you inform your doctor if they are considering prescribing you Atrovent:

  • You are allergic to ipratropium bromide, or any other ingredients contained in Atrovent
  • You are a man with prostate problems
  • You are allergic to similar medicines that contain atropine
  • You have problems urinating
  • You have glaucoma or have been told you might develop it
  • You have cystic fibrosis

Atrovent is generally considered a safe treatment to use if you are currently pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Nonetheless, you should still inform your doctor if you think you might be pregnant, are trying to conceive or are already pregnant before you use Atrovent.

Similarly, Atrovent is considered safe to use while breastfeeding, but you should still ensure your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding before you start the treatment.

If you have any doubts or concerns at all about this treatment, you should always discuss them with your doctor before you start to use the inhaler.

Atrovent 20mcg Side Effects

As is the case with all medication, using the Atrovent inhaler does come with the risk of certain side effects.

Not everyone will experience adverse reactions, but you should speak to your doctor if any of the below symptoms persist or worry you.

Common side effects of taking Atrovent include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling sick, stomach upset or discomfort
  • You develop a cough or throat infection when you have just used the inhaler

This list is not exhaustive. For more serious undesired effects, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.

Atrovent inhaler alternatives

Other reliever inhalers include:

Can you buy atrovent online?

Yes, you can buy Atrovent online from most UK online pharmacy. You should always ensure the pharmacy you are purchasing from holds all of the relevant licenses and is approved by UK regulatory bodies.

To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page for more information.

Atrovent Indications

You will be prescribed Pulmicort based on the NICE dosage guidelines for Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide).

You should always read the patient information leaflet before taking any treatment or medication.

Always follow your doctor's instructions and do not change your dose without their advice.

To make sure your inhaler is working properly, test it by firing twice into the air before you use it for the first time.

Atrovent Inhaler 20 Micrograms

The inhaler is usually advised to the patients in later stages of asthma and they must be careful while using it.

The Atrovent inhaler is considered to be part of the family of medicines used to treat asthma around the globe; it is available in different potencies such as 20 mcg. However, its usage depends upon strength of the disease. In order to avoid hazardous consequences, you must seek advice from the doctors before use

Is atrovent inhaler a steroid?

No, atrovent is not a steroid, it contains the active ingredient ipratropium bromide which is a bronchodilator that provides fast relief from asthma symptoms.

How long does Atrovent take to work?

Atrovent is a fast acting reliever inhaler, it's effects on the airways can be felt immediately after inhalation.

Should I use Atrovent during an asthma attack?

Yes, atrovent is intended to provide instant relief in the even of an asthma attack.

How often should I use my inhaler?

Atrovent should be used whenever you start to experience breathing difficulties or asthma symptoms.

Is Atrovent and Ventolin the same?

Atrovent and Ventolin are both reliever inhalers, however the active ingredients that both contain are different to each other.

Does atrovent help coughing?

Atrovent will help to relieve many asthma symptoms, coughing being one of them along with breathlessness, wheezing and a tight chest.

Is it safe to use Atrovent for a long time?

Atrovent does not cause any long lasting side effects, it is safe to use for a long period of time.

How long will I need to use my inhaler for?

Most people will use Atrovent for many years to come, you should carry your inhaler with you at all times. Asthma attacks can appear out of nowhere with no warning, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.

Can I drink alcohol whilst using Atrovent inhaler?

Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol whilst using Atrovent inhaler.

Atrovent Side Effects

All medicines come with a risk of side effects, and the Atrovent inhaler is no exception.

The more common side effects associated with using this treatment can be found on the main product page.

In rarer cases, you may experience more serious side effects from using the inhaler.

You should speak to your doctor or call 111 if you experience any of these adverse effects while using the inhaler:

  • Unexpected tightness of the chest or swelling of the throat
  • Sores on your mouth or lips
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Itching or a skin rash
  • Blurred vision, dilated pupils, glaucoma or pain/stinging of the eyes
  • Problems urinating
  • Nettle rash
  • Finding it difficult to focus

In equally rare cases, you may also have a serious allergic reaction to the medication and may require immediate treatment in hospital.

You should go to A&E or call 999 immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Swelling of the mouth, lips, face, tongue or throat
  • A skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistering or peeling
  • You have tightness in the chest or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or to speak

Always ensure you read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you use this inhaler or take any form of medication.

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns, before you start using the inhaler.

Atrovent Warnings and drug interactions

The Atrovent inhaler may interact with other medicines you are using.

Before you take Atrovent, you should inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are currently taking any other prescription or non-prescription medicine. It is equally important that you let them know about any herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements you are currently using, as these may interact with your treatment.

You should make sure your doctor is aware if you are currently taking any of the following:

  • Any other anticholinergic medicines, including those for COPD, irritable bowel syndrome, coughs or urinary incontinence
  • Any medicines to help your breathing (xanthines), such as theophylline or aminophylline
  • Any other inhalers to aid in your breathing

For more information on Atrovent Inhaler Drug Interactions.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Do not use this treatment if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding without informing your doctor.

While it is generally safe to use Atrovent while driving and operating machinery, you should not do so if you start to feel dizzy, have blurred vision or find it difficult to focus.

If you have any concerns or doubts at all, you should always make sure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist about them before you start to take Atrovent.

Precautions when taking Atrovent 20 Micrograms

Patients who have a medical history of blood pressure conditions, any kind of heart problem, diabetes mellitus and skin reactions must take great care when using the medicine and consult their local doctor before using it. It is important to always stick to the recommended dosage and frequency of this medication. Failure to stick to the doctor's recommended dose will result in an increased risk of experiencing any side effects.

Ordering with Medicine Direct

Medicine Direct is a registered UK pharmacy which employs certified doctors to prescribe the correct medication to treat your individual condition.

After an online consultation, you can purchase your prescribed order from our online pharmacy.

If you order before 2pm, you have the option of benefiting from our next day delivery policy, providing you with your medicine as swiftly as possible.

Atrovent Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Ipratropium bromide monohydrate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Medically reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 22/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

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