ipratropium (generic name)

Atrovent (brand name)

It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe
(i pra TROE pee um)
Table of Contents
powered by healthline

Average Ratings

What is this medicine?

IPRATROPIUM (i pra TROE pee um) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to prevent bronchospasms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Do not use this medicine alone for an acute attack of bronchospasm.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • bladder problems or difficulty passing urine
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat
  • prostate trouble
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ipratropium, atropine, bromides, soya protein, peanut oil, soybeans or peanuts, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Ask your health care professional before you mix any medicines in the same dose of your nebulizer.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra medicine. If your breathing gets worse or if you need short acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • difficulty breathing or wheezing that increases or does not go away
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • infection or fever

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision
  • cough
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • nausea or constipation
  • trouble passing urine

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep the vials in the carton until you are ready to use. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: December 15, 2009
Licensed from
Top of page
General Drug Tools
General Drug Tools view all tools
Tools for
Healthy Living
Tools for Healthy Living view all tools
Search Tools
Search Tools view all tools
Insurance Plan Tools
Insurance Plan Tools view all tools

What is a reference number?

When you register on this site, you are assigned a reference number. This number contains your profile information and helps UnitedHealthcare identify you when you come back to the site.

If you searched for a plan on this site in a previous session, you might already have a reference number. This number will contain any information you saved about plans and prescription drugs. To use that reference number, click on the "Change or view saved information" link below.

You can retrieve information from previous visits to this site, such as saved drug lists and Plan Selector information.