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Ipratropium is an inhaler, used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Symptoms of these conditions can include shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest. It works as a bronchodilator, helping to open the airways and make breathing easier.
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What is Ipratropium?

Ipratropium inhalers are used to help manage the symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These symptoms often include shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest. You should not use an Ipratropium inhaler if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are allergic to ipratropium or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • You are allergic to atropine or similar substances.
  • You are pregnant, possibly pregnant or breastfeeding.

    For more information please refer to the Patient Information Leaflet.

How does Ipratropium work?

The active ingredient in this inhaler is ipratropium bromide. It is part of a group of medicines called anticholinergics. It works as a bronchodilator, meaning it helps to open the airways and make breathing easier.

Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have glaucoma or have been told that you may develop it.
  • You have problems urinating.
  • You are a man who has prostate problems.
  • You have cystic fibrosis.
  • You are taking any other medications (including herbal remedies), especially other anticholinergic medicines including those for COPD (e.g. tiotropium), irritable bowel syndrome (e.g. mebeverine), urinary incontinence (e.g. oxybutynin, solifenacin) or cough (e.g. dextromethorphan), other inhalers to help you to breathe more easily such as the reliever inhaler salbutamol and medicines called ‘xanthines’ to help your breathing such as theophylline and aminophylline.

How do you take Ipratroprium?

Always take Ipratropium as directed by your doctor or pharmacist and follow the dosage your doctor has recommended. The standard dose for adults and the elderly is to take one or two puffs three or four times daily. 

If you are unsure how to use your inhaler, there are instructions in the patient information leaflet. If you find it difficult to use this inhaler and inhale at the right time, you might benefit from using an Aerochamber.

Take care not to get any of the inhaler contents in your eyes, as it can cause irritation that may eventually lead to glaucoma.

How effective is Ipratroprium?

Ipratropium is a clinically proven to ease the symptoms of COPD and asthma when used as prescribed. If you feel that your inhaler isn’t working as it should be, or that you’re having to use it more than your doctor recommended, you should see you GP for a check up.

What are the main side effects of Ipratroprium?

Like all medicines, Ipratropium can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.

Three common side effects of Ipratropium are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness (If you do, you should not drive or operate machinery.)
  • Dry mouth

For a full list of Ipratropium side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.

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Dosage Instructions Please see medicine label for the dosage instructions.