Ipratropium is the trade name under which the drug Atrovent bromide goes by. In Canada, you can buy it cheaply on our online pharmacy with the prompt assurance of the highest quality standards. As always, we try to ensure that our clients have as much information about the products we provide as possible. Towards this end, we’ll try and get a closer look at this drug. What we’ll do is go into how exactly it works, any side effects associated with it, the drugs that interact with it, and any contraindications.
How it works
This drug falls under the classification of anticholinergics, whose action is to block the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors, and consequently reducing the contractility of the smooth muscles located in the lung region. It is taken into the system via inhaler or nebulizer to ensure direct and most immediate action upon the lung tissue. Remedial effects will usually be realized within fifteen to thirty minutes and will be effective for between three to six hours.
This action essentially increases airflow into the lungs by dilating the bronchial passage muscles. It comes as purposeful in patients suffering from a range of pulmonary-related conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and bronchospasm, which is the umbrella term for any conditions that present a narrowing of the airways leading to the lungs.
Some of the more commonly reported side effects of associated with taking Ipratropium, which will usually dissipate with time, include:
• Dizzy spells and nausea
• Urinary tract infection (UTI)
• Flu-like symptoms presenting such as dry mouth, coughing, stuffy nose, hoarseness, and sinus infection
• Back pain
• Digestive discomfort and stomach troubles
While these mild side effects shouldn’t be cause for too much concern, be sure to stop taking this medication and consult a medical professional immediately should any of the following effect present:
• Problems with your vision such as blurriness, eye pains, and seeing halos surrounding lights
• Bronchospasm, which presents as chest tightness, wheezing and breathing troubles. This will most likely occur at the beginning of a fresh medication canister
• Discontinuation or lessening of urination patterns
• Burning pain or discomfort while urinating
• Any worsening of presented symptoms
In some cases, patients will be allergic to Ipratropium, and will present some if not all of the following symptoms; difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the tongue, lips, throat, and face.
Interactive drugs and contraindications
As always, you should be sure to let your doctor know of any and all medications, be they non-prescription, prescription, illegal, herbal, nutritional, recreational or dietary that you may be taking prior to beginning a prescription of any drug as some may have interactivity that might prove to be harmful. As a nasal spray, Ipratropium doesn’t have any major interactions with other drugs but the inhalant version does. Your doctor or pharmacist should advise you if you’re taking any of the following medications:
• Methadose (methadone) or Dolophine
• Potassium Chloride (Klor-Con or K-Tab)
• Potassium Citrate (Urocit-K)
• Potassium Iodide (Thyrosafe, Iosat, or Thyroshield)
• Opiates such as; codeine, Abstral, Fentora, Sublimaze, Oxycontin, Oxaydo, Dilaudid, Actiq; or Subsys (fentanyl)
For those allergic to atropine or ipratropium, Ipratropium shouldn’t be taken. Additionally, if you suffer from urination problems or glaucoma, your doctor should be made aware before this treatment.