Atrovent Inhaler CFC-Free, also known as Atrovent HFA, is the brand name of an inhaler that contains 20mcg of the active ingredient ipratropium bromide. This medicine belongs to the class of drugs called anticholinergics, which act as bronchodilators.
The medicine comes in a CFC-free canister that contains a pressurised solution for inhalation (200 actuations). This CFC-free metered-dose inhaler was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and offers an environmentally friendly alternative for CFC aerosol canisters, which damage the ozone layer.
Atrovent is a medication prescribed to help people with asthma or bronchospasm caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, to breathe easier. At euroClinix, we offer Atrovent inhalers for managing asthma and COPD, though this medication can also be used for other purposes.
The dosage of your Atrovent inhaler will be determined by your age, medical condition, and severity of your symptoms. Your doctor can help you determine the precise dosage and frequency of use.
These are the recommended dosage instructions for adults, as stated in the information leaflet:
Ipratropium bromide, an active ingredient in Atrovent, is an anticholinergic (parasympatholytic) drug that blocks the action of acetylcholine at neuromuscular junctions in the lung. Acetylcholine is used by nerves to communicate with muscle cells, and it works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing by decreasing inflammation and swelling in the airways.
By stimulating the muscles surrounding the airways, cholinergic nerves narrow the airways in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By blocking cholinergic nerves, Atrovent has an anti-cholinergic effect, which causes muscles to relax and airways to dilate.
Atrovent works to alleviate the following symptoms:
Please note: Atrovent is not a reliever inhaler. It will not relieve an asthma attack that has already begun.
Atrovent should be used exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Consult the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medication for further information.
Wait at least one minute between puffs if you are taking more than one. Replace the cap on the mouthpiece after use. To prevent dry mouth and throat irritation, rinse your mouth with water after using the inhaler. Take no more than 12 puffs in a 24-hour period.
Atrovent should start working within 15 minutes and last for up to 12 hours.
If you find it difficult to breathe in and press the inhaler at the same time, you can use a spacer device. Avoid getting any spray into your eyes while using Atrovent. This may cause eye pain or other side effects.
In the event that you forget to use Atrovent:
Atrovent is intended for use by individuals with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), commonly known as bronchitis.
It is not recommended that you use Atrovent if any of the following applies to you:
Before using this inhaler, tell your doctor if any of these apply to you. An alternative inhaler might be recommended.
This drug may worsen the symptoms of certain medical conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and narrow-angle glaucoma due to its anticholinergic effect. Let your doctor know if you have:
It is generally considered to be safe to take Atrovent. As with any medication, there may be some possible side effects. Although not everyone gets them, the most common side effects subside on their own once your body gets used to the medicine.
The most common side effects of Atrovent are:
While taking Atrovent, you might also feel dizzy, have difficulty focusing, or have blurred vision. Atrovent is rarely associated with other adverse reactions, such as being sick, having diarrhoea, or constipation, or having serious side effects, such as life-threatening paradoxical bronchospasms. Allergic reactions to this medication may cause a rash, itching, or closure of the airways.
Before using Atrovent, tell your doctor if you are taking any medication, including supplements and herbal medicines. Some drug interactions might impair Atrovent's effectiveness:
Atrovent is a prescription-only medicine available through euroClinix after filling out a short questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a UK-registered doctor. Based on your health and medical history, our doctors can determine if Atrovent is right for you. Our pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your medication via our next day delivery service, free of charge.
Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.
|Active ingredient(s)||Ipratropium bromide|
|Description||Atrovent is a preventative asthma treatment used to reduce the risk of asthma symptoms occurring|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Application||Men and women over 18 with asthma|
|Usage||Use on a daily basis to prevent asthma symptoms|
|Drug class||Anticholinergics, short-acting|
|Alcohol consumption||No influence|
|When breastfeeding||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
|When pregnant||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
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