Atrovent HFA Warnings and Precautions
Prior to using Atrovent HFA, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This includes being aware that Atrovent HFA could worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, breathing problems, and prostate problems. Atrovent HFA warnings and precautions also extend to anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication or who is allergic to atropine.
Atrovent HFA: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Atrovent HFA® (ipratropium HFA inhaler) if you have:
- An enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- A bladder problem
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Atrovent HFA Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Atrovent HFA include the following:
- Atrovent HFA is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, it can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Atrovent HFA if you have any of these problems.
- Atrovent HFA is not a fast-acting medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Tell your healthcare provider if Atrovent HFA is not adequately controlling your breathing problems.
- Sometimes, inhaled medications (including Atrovent HFA) can make breathing problems worse. Tell your healthcare provider if Atrovent HFA seems to make your breathing problems worse.
- Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking Atrovent HFA.
- Atrovent HFA can interact with other medications (see Atrovent Drug Interactions).
- Atrovent HFA is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe to use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug when pregnant (see Atrovent and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Atrovent HFA passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Atrovent and Breastfeeding).