Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation

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Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent, Atrovent HFA) is a type of quick-relief medicine that relaxes the muscles around the airways, helping to open the airways in the lungs.

It is an aerosol and is given to your child through an aerosol machine (nebulizer) or metered-dose inhaler (MDI).

  • Never give this medicine more than every six hours unless your child has a special prescription from his / her doctor. Using too much of this medicine can lead to serious side effects.  
  • If using a metered-dose inhaler, shake inhaler well before using.  
  • Read and follow all instructions provided with the inhaler. Using this medicine the correct way is very important. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using the inhaler or nebulizer machine.  
  • Your child's doctor may want to have your child use a spacer with the inhaler. Using a spacer with an inhaler will help get the medicine into the lungs and work better.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medicine, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.  
  • Do not leave this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to heat or cold.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.  
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.  
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children. 

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Coughing
  • Nervousness
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Needs this medicine more often than prescribed
  • Has any serious side effects
  • If your child has trouble breathing and it is not relieved by the medication

Last Updated 11/2013