Ipravent Inhaler (ipratropium 20mcg)
Ipravent Inhaler (ipratropium 20mcg) 200 Doses/Pack
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Ipravent Inhaler general information
What is Ipravent Inhaler used for?
Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg is used for the long-term maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive obstructive airways disease that usually gets worse with time. Ipravent Inhaler is also used to treat other obstructive airways diseases, like chronic bronchitis, and emphysema and for management of chronic asthma. Ipravent inhaler improves air flow to the lungs by relieving symptoms caused by reversible bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways), such as shortness of breath, chronic cough with sputum production, tightness of the chest and wheezing.
How does Ipravent Inhaler work?
Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg contains the bronchodilator ipratropium, which is a rapid and long-acting anticholinergic that acts on specific muscarinic receptors in the bronchioles (small airways) of the lung to inhibit the interaction of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter or chemical messenger of the nervous system) with muscarinic receptors, preventing spasm of the airway wall caused by acetylcholine. Blocking the action of acetylcholine in the airways, causes the smooth muscle in the airway walls to relax and allows the airways to dilate (widen), which increases air flow into the lungs and relieves bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways). When inhaled ipratropium in Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg goes directly into the lungs and very little is absorbed into the blood circulation. Regular long-term use of Ipravent inhaler helps relieve reversible bronchospasm and symptoms of obstructive airways diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma reducing shortness of breath, chronic cough with sputum production, tightness of the chest and wheezing.
What does Ipravent Inhaler contain?
Ipravent Inhaler contains the active ingredient ipratropium bromide (20mcg), a bronchodilator used to treat reversible bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. It also contains the non-CFC propellant norflurane (also known as HFA 134a or 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), which delivers 20mcg ipratropium as an aerosol into your lungs each time your actuate (press down) your inhaler. Each inhaler contains at least 200 actuations.
Treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with Ipravent Inhaler
Ipravent inhaler (CFC-free) contains the bronchodilator ipratropium, which acts directly on the bronchioles (small airways) of the lung blocking the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This action of ipratropium in Ipravent inhaler 20mcg relaxes the muscles of the airways, reducing bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways) and increasing air flow into the lungs. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive obstructive airways disease that usually gets worse with time, with symptoms similar to asthma, including tightness of the chest, wheezing and shortness of breath, as well as chronic cough with sputum production, because the lung tissues have become damaged. Regular use of Ipravent inhaler relieves symptoms of reversible bronchospasm.
What are the side effects of Ipravent Inhaler?
The most commonly reported side effects when taking Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg include: dry mouth and throat, cough, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), blurred vision, high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), oral candida (thrush), dizziness, nausea, constipation, upset stomach, stuffy nose, nosebleed.
When should Ipravent Inhaler not be used?
You should not use Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg if you:
- are allergic to ipratropium or other anticholinergics like atropine or any other ingredients in Ipravent Inhaler
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- are having an acute episode of bronchospasm; Ipravent is not intended for rescue therapy
- have glaucoma, urinary problems, irregular heartbeat, or prostate or kidney disease
- are taking medications that may interact with Ipravent inhaler like beta-adrenergic drugs and xanthine
How should Ipravent Inhaler be taken?
You should take your Ipravent Inhaler according to your doctor’s recommendation. The dose you use (how many puffs or inhalations) and how often you take it depends on what you are being treated for, usually up to 2-4 puffs 2-6 times a day, but less for children, and up to a maximum of 8 puffs a day. Ipravent inhaler begins to work within 2 hours of taking a puff but only lasts for up to 4 hours.
How to use your Atrovent inhaler
Follow the instructions provided with your Ipravent Inhaler.
- Remove the mouthpiece cover and shake the inhaler.
- Breathe out as far as is comfortable and then place the mouthpiece in your mouth.
- Start to inhale and press down on the top of the inhaler to release a dose ipratropium while still breathing in through your mouth until your lungs are full, and then hold your breath for a few seconds.
- Remove the inhaler and breathe normally.
- Replace the mouthpiece cover.
- Rinse your mouth after use.
Note: You can use a spacer device to help you inhale correctly.
How long should you take Ipravent Inhaler?
You should take your Ipravent inhaler regularly for as long as recommended by your doctor, which may be long-term as it will treat your symptoms but will not cure the disease.
Missed dose of Ipravent Inhaler
If you miss a dose of Ipravent Inhaler take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Ipravent Inhaler be stored?
You should store your Ipravent Inhaler 20mcg below 25°C in a cool dry place. Protect your inhaler from frost, it will not work properly if it gets cold and keep away from direct sunlight. Always replace the mouthpiece cover when you are not using your inhaler.