Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that usually causes breathing to get worse over time. While stopping smoking is the only thing that can slow the progression of COPD, taking ATROVENT HFA could help you breathe better.
ATROVENT HFA is a maintenance medication for COPD. It has been used for over 12 years to help people with COPD breathe better.
Breathing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be difficult. It can even get worse over time.
But there are things you can do to help. ATROVENT HFA is one of them. Here are some other tips:
If you don’t feel like your breathing is improving, talk to your doctor.
In a key study,
Lung function improvement was sustained for 2 to 4 hours after taking ATROVENT HFA in the majority of patients.
People taking ATROVENT HFA showed improved lung function for the entire length of the study (Days 1 through 85).
It’s important to take ATROVENT HFA as directed by your healthcare provider.
The usual starting dose is 2 puffs
(1 dose), 4 times a day. Your doctor may have prescribed additional doses, but you should not take more than 6 doses (12 puffs) in 24 hours. Learn how you can breathe easy with 4 Puffagins a day.
Do not use ATROVENT HFA (ipratropium bromide HFA) if you are allergic to ipratropium or any of the ingredients in ATROVENT HFA or to atropine or similar drugs.
ATROVENT HFA is not a rescue medicine and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems. Your doctor may give you other medicine to use for sudden breathing problems.
Allergic reactions may occur, including itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (involving difficulty in breathing or swallowing), rash, hives, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or anaphylaxis. Some of these may be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking ATROVENT HFA at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.
ATROVENT HFA can cause the narrowing of the airways to get worse (paradoxical bronchospasm) which may be life threatening. If this happens, stop taking ATROVENT HFA at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.
ATROVENT HFA may increase eye pressure which may cause or worsen some types of glaucoma.
Do not get the spray into your eyes. The spray may cause eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, enlarged pupils, seeing halos or colored images along with red eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking ATROVENT HFA and call your doctor right away.
Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with ATROVENT HFA. Should you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or machinery.
ATROVENT HFA may cause difficulty with urination. Symptoms may include difficulty passing urine and/or painful urination. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking ATROVENT HFA and call your doctor right away.
The most common side effects reported with use of ATROVENT HFA were bronchitis, COPD flare‑up (exacerbation), shortness of breath and headache.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, including eye drops. Ask your doctor if you are taking any anticholinergic medicines because taking them together with ATROVENT HFA can increase side effects.
ATROVENT HFA (ipratropium bromide HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is a prescription maintenance treatment for bronchospasm (airway narrowing) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
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Please see full Prescribing Information including Instructions for Use.
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