Atrovent

Generic Name: Ipratropium

  • What is Atrovent?

    Atrovent nasal spray relieves a runny nose. The 0.03% spray is used for year-round runny nose due to allergies and other causes in adults and children ≥6 years. The 0.06% spray is prescribed for hay fever and for runny nose due to colds in adults and children ≥5 years.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Atrovent?

    Atrovent does not relieve nasal congestion or sneezing.

    Avoid spraying Atrovent nasal spray in or around the eyes. Call your doctor if you experience eye pain, blurred vision, or excessive nasal dryness or bleeding.

  • Who should not take Atrovent?

    If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Atrovent or any of its ingredients, or to soybeans, soy lecithin, or peanuts, you should not take this medication.

    You should also avoid Atrovent if you are allergic to drugs that contain atropine. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Atrovent?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Atrovent. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have problems with your liver or kidneys, narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure inside the eye), an enlarged prostate, or obstruction in the neck of the bladder. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Runny Nose Due to Year-Round Allergies

    Adults and children ≥6 years: (Nasal spray 0.03%) The usual dose is 2 sprays in each nostril two or three times a day.

    Runny Nose Due to Colds

    Adults and children ≥12 years: (Nasal spray 0.06%) The usual dose is 2 sprays in each nostril three or four times a day. Do not use for more than 4 days.

    Children 5-11 years: (Nasal spray 0.06%) The recommended dose is 2 sprays in each nostril three times a day. Do not use for more than 4 days.

    Runny Nose Due to Hay Fever

    Adults and children ≥5 years: (Nasal spray 0.06%) The usual dose is 2 sprays in each nostril four times a day. This medication can be used safely for hay fever for up to 3 weeks.

  • How should I take Atrovent?

    Shake before use. Initial priming requires seven sprays of the pump. If used regularly as recommended, no further priming is required. If not used for more than 24 hours, the pump will require two sprays, or if not used for more than 7 days, the pump will require seven sprays to reprime.

  • What should I avoid while taking Atrovent?

    Be careful to avoid spraying the medication in your eyes.

    To ensure proper dosing, do not change the size of the nasal spray opening.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Atrovent?

    If Atrovent is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Atrovent with the following: atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Atrovent?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: blurred vision, change in taste, conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), cough, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth/throat, eye irritation, headache, hoarseness, increased runny nose or nasal inflammation, inflamed nasal ulcers, nasal congestion, nasal dryness, nasal irritation/itching/burning, nasal tumors, nausea, nosebleeds, pain, posterior nasal drip, pounding heartbeat, ringing in the ears, sinus inflammation, skin rash, sneezing, sore throat, swollen nose, thirst, upper respiratory infection

  • Can I receive Atrovent if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Atrovent during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Atrovent?

    If you miss a dose of Atrovent, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Atrovent?

    Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze.

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