Atrovent

Ipratropium treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Use your inhaler every day, even if you do not have symptoms.

Atrovent Overview

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
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Ipratropium is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

This medication belongs to a group of drugs called anticholinergics (or antimuscarinics) which work by opening up the air passages in the lungs to allow air to flow more easily, relieving symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. 

Ipratropium comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an "MDI"). It is usually taken as 2 inhalations four times a day. Ipratropium is also available as a nebulizer solution.

Common side effects include headache, cough, dry mouth, and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it affects you.

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Uses of Atrovent

Ipratropium is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses in some cases including asthma. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Atrovent Drug Class

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Side Effects of Atrovent

Common side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • difficulty urinating
  • pain when urinating
  • frequent need to urinate
  • back pain

This is not a complete list of ipratropium side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.