Details of Ipratropium Salt (Generic Drug)

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Ipratropium is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. Ipratropium inhalation is used to prevent bronchospasm, or narrowing airways in the lungs, in people with bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Ipratropium will not work fast enough to treat a bronchospasm attack that has already begun. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine to treat a bronchospasm attack. To make sure ipratropium is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma or an enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction, or urination problems.


Typical Uses

Ipratropium is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema). It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open up and you can breathe more easily. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. This medication may also be used to prevent symptoms of asthma or to treat wheezing or sudden shortness of breath.


Side Effects

Stop using ipratropium and inform your doctor immediately if you have bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of this medicine blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights pain or burning when you urinate urinating less than usual or not at all or worsening of your symptoms.


Drug Interactions

  • Ipratropium+amoxapine- Talk to your doctor before using ipratropium together with amoxapine. Although side effects are generally uncommon with inhaled preparations because very little of the medication gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the lungs, they can occur occasionally (especially in the elderly), and the risk may be increased when used with other medications.
  • Ipratropium+aripiprazole- Talk to your doctor before using ipratropium together with aripiprazole. Although side effects are generally uncommon with inhaled preparations because very little of the medication gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the lungs, they can occur occasionally (especially in the elderly), and the risk may be increased when used with other medications.
  • Ipratropium+bethanechol- Talk to your doctor before using bethanechol together with ipratropium. Combining these medications may reduce the effectiveness of one or both medications. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications.
  • Ipratropium+clomipramine- Talk to your doctor before using ipratropium together with clomipramine. Although side effects are generally uncommon with inhaled preparations because very little of the medication gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the lungs, they can occur occasionally (especially in the elderly), and the risk may be increased when used with other medications.


Mechanism of action

Ipratropium belongs to a class of drugs called anti-cholinergics or parasympatholytic agents. Ipratropium helps in opening the air passages to the lungs and making breathing easier and providing relief from asthma and associated conditions.


Pregnancy Category : B


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