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Brand Names: Atrovent HFA

Generic Name: ipratropium inhalation (Pronunciation: IP ra TRO pee um)

What is ipratropium inhalation (Atrovent HFA)?

Ipratropium is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs.

Ipratropium inhalation is used to prevent bronchospasm, or narrowing airways in the lungs, in people with bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Ipratropium inhalation may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ipratropium inhalation (Atrovent HFA)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ipratropium and call your doctor at once if you have a side effect such as:

  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of this medicine;
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • worsening of your symptoms.

Other common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ipratropium inhalation (Atrovent HFA)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ipratropium or atropine.

Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma or urination problems.

Ipratropium will not work fast enough to treat an bronchospasm attack that has already begun. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine to treat an bronchospasm attack.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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