- Provides effective treatment for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Relaxes the muscles in the airways to the lungs
- Effects last between 3-5 hours
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What is Atrovent?
Atrovent is the trade name for the active ingredient contained in this medication, ipratropium bromide, which opens up the medium and large airways in the lungs.
This medicine is available as an inhaler or nebulizer.
Ipratropium bromide was patented in 1966 and has been approved for use in medicine 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 muscarinic antagonist, which causes smooth muscles to relax. For this reason, it is an effective treatment for a large range of conditions associated with breathing difficulties, such as asthma.
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.
It is a prescription-only medicine and is available to purchase at Medicine Direct. We offer next day delivery if you order your medicine before 2pm.
Who can take Atrovent?
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.
Possible 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.
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
- One or two puffs to be inhaled three or four times a day. Sometimes, early on during your treatment, your doctor may instruct you to take up to four puffs at a time.
Children 6 - 12 years
- One or two puffs to be inhaled three times a day.
Children under 6 years old
- One puff to be inhaled three times a day.
Do not use more than you should; speak to your doctor if the medication is not effective in relieving your breathing difficulties.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take a dose of the inhaler, just take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
If it is nearly time for the next scheduled dose, just take that scheduled dose and continue your dosage as usual after that.
Never double up on doses to make up for a missed dose.
What if I take more than I should?
Taking an extra dose of this medicine is unlikely to cause you any harm.
However, you should contact your doctor if you become concerned or if you take more than one extra dose.
If you do use Atrovent more than you should, you may experience certain adverse effects including dry mouth, a rapid heart rate or blurred vision.
How to use the inhaler
Always read the instructions leaflet that will accompany your medication. Ensure you follow your doctor's instructions, precisely, when using this treatment.
- Remove the cap from the mouthpiece
- Hold the inhaler with the arrow on the label pointing upwards and breathe out gently
- Immediately put the mouthpiece in your mouth and hold the mouthpiece with your lips
- Start to breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth
- Firmly press the top of the inhaler to release one puff of your medicine and keep breathing in
- Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable
- Breathe out slowly
- If you are having more than one puff, wait one minute before you repeat this process
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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
- 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
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.
The active ingredient used in the Atrovent inhaler is ipratropium bromide.
Inactive ingredients also contained in this medication are: citric acid-anhydrous, purified water, absolute ethanol, norflurane.
Consult the information leaflet that will accompany the inhaler for the full list of ingredients.
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