Atrovent is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called bronchodilators. It works by relaxing muscles in airways and increasing the air flow into the lungs. That’s why this medicine is taken to prevent bronchospasms and narrowing airways in lungs in patients with such conditions as emphysema, bronchitis and COPD.
Important Atrovent Information
You shouldn’t start this treatment if you have any possible allergies. Before using this drug, inform doctors if you have any urinating problems and glaucoma. Atrovent doesn’t work fast enough to treat bronchospasm attacks that have already started. This medication is intended to be used for different purposes. It’s not allowed to give it to children with no medical advice. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be very careful when using Atrovent because of possible health risks.
How to Use It Correctly
Use Atrovent based on directions given by doctors. Don’t use it in higher doses or for longer than needed. Call doctors if this medication doesn’t work as it should. Your lung functioning should be tested on a regular basis when undergoing this treatment. Avoid getting Atrovent into the eyes, and rinse them with enough water if it happens accidentally. This treatment may lead to blurred vision or impair your normal reactions or thinking, so you should be careful when driving or doing other things that require your full alertness and clear vision.
Mild and Severe Side Effects
Just like other drugs, Atrovent may cause both mild and serious side effects, but they’re rare. You need to get emergency medical help if you have any signs of allergic reactions, including swelling, hives and difficulty breathing. Stop taking this medicine and go to the hospital if you have the following serious side effects:
Chest tightness and wheezing;
Difficulty breathing and urination changes;
Eye pain and blurred vision;
Increased light sensitivity and worsening symptoms.
The use of Atrovent may cause mild side effects, and you need to contact your physician if any of them persist or get worse:
Stuffy nose and dry mouth;
Dizziness and headache;
Hoarseness and coughing;
Sinus pain and back pain;
Constipation and nausea;
Upset stomach and fever;
Flu symptoms and chills;
Unwanted Drug Interactions
There are certain medications that shouldn’t be taken along with Atrovent because of possible drug interactions. They change the way this medication works and result in your increased risk of having severe side effects. Don’t take Atrovent along with urinary and bladder meds, other bronchodilators, drugs for Parkinson’s disease, allergy and cold drugs that contain any antihistamines, meds to treat such conditions as stomach ulcer and acid, irritable bowel syndrome and motion sickness. Inform your physician about any other drugs that you’re taking, including vitamins, herbal products, prescription meds and over-the-counter products.