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|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to ipratropium or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to relax the airways to improve breathing and
decrease wheezing. It is the first medicine used in treatment of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease and is used in asthma as an add on medicine
(usually in addition to 3 or 4 other ones).
- This medicine is used to treat the runny nose seen in allergies and
the common cold in patients 5 years old and
|How does it work?|
- Ipratropium works at sites in the breathing tubes to relax the muscle.
This allows oxygen delivery to improve.
- It also dries up the runny
|How is it best taken?|
- For inhaling (puffing) only by an inhaler or as a liquid through a
special machine (nebulizer). Shake inhaler well before using.
- Spacer can be used with inhaler for easier delivery (to get more
medicine into the lungs).
- Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Using the
inhaler the right way is very important.
- If you are using more than one type of inhaler. Ask healthcare
provider which one to use first.
- Spray nasal spray up the nose only. Do not spray in
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- This medicine is not for the treatment of acute episodes of shortness
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease medical alert identification if using for lung disease.
- Do not use aerosol spray if allergic to peanuts or soybeans. Talk with
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nausea. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy,
or chewing gum may help.
- Dry mouth. Rinse out mouth with water after each use.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for changes in breathing. Is breathing better, worse, or the
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Eye pain or blurred vision.
- Too much nasal dryness or bleeding.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store at room temperature. Protect from light and
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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