Atrovent HFA

Generic Name: Ipratropium

  • What is Atrovent HFA?

    Atrovent HFA is a medicine used to treat bronchospasm (airway narrowing) associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath). Atrovent HFA opens up narrow air passages, allowing more oxygen to reach your lungs.

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

    Atrovent HFA is not used for the relief of sudden episodes of bronchospasm.

    Tell your doctor immediately if Atrovent HFA is less effective in relieving your symptoms. Also, tell your doctor if your symptoms get worse or if you need to use this inhaler more often.

    Atrovent HFA can cause allergic reactions or anaphylaxis (a serious and rapid allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as rash, itchiness, angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue), wheezing, or shortness of breath.

    Tell your doctor if you have any eye problems such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), or urinary retention (inability to urinate normally). Atrovent HFA can increase the pressure in your eye or can cause urinary retention.

  • Who should not take Atrovent HFA?

    Do not use Atrovent HFA if you are allergic to it, any of its components, atropine, or atropine-like medications.

    Do not use Atrovent HFA for sudden episodes of bronchospasm.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Atrovent HFA. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland, which may in turn block the flow of urine), or urinary retention.

  • 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.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 2 inhalations four times a day with your inhalation device.

  • How should I take Atrovent HFA?

    Use Atrovent HFA exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You do not have to shake the Atrovent HFA canister before use. Prime your Atrovent HFA inhaler before using it for the first time or if you have not used it for 3 days by releasing 2 sprays into the air. The effects of Atrovent HFA should last up to 2-4 hours. Do not take extra doses or use it more often without asking your doctor.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhaler.

  • What should I avoid while taking Atrovent HFA?

    Do not puncture your Atrovent HFA canister. The contents of the canister are under pressure.

    Do not use Atrovent HFA near heat, open flame, or fire. Exposure to high temperatures can cause bursting.

    Do not spray Atrovent HFA in your eyes.

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

    If Atrovent HFA 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 HFA with anticholinergic agents (such as atropine).

  • What are the possible side effects of Atrovent HFA?

    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: bitter taste, difficulty breathing, dizziness, dry mouth, "flu-like" symptoms, headache, inflammation of the lungs, nausea, shortness of breath, worsening of COPD

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

    The effects of Atrovent HFA 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 HFA?

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

  • How should I store Atrovent HFA?

    Store at room temperature.