Atrovent Warnings and Precautions
Before taking Atrovent, warnings and precautions for the medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This includes being aware of possible side effects and telling your healthcare provider if you have certain medical conditions. For example, Atrovent warnings and precautions apply to people with liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also talk with their healthcare provider prior to taking the drug.
Atrovent: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Atrovent® (ipratropium bromide) if you have:
- An enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- 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.
Some Atrovent Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Atrovent include the following:
- Atrovent is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, Atrovent can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Atrovent if you have any of these problems.
- Atrovent is not a fast-acting medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Let your healthcare provider know if Atrovent is not adequately controlling your breathing problems.
- Sometimes inhaled medications (including Atrovent) can make breathing problems worse. Let your healthcare provider know if Atrovent seems to make your breathing problems worse.
- Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking Atrovent.
- Atrovent can interact with other medications (see Atrovent Drug Interactions).
- Atrovent is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that Atrovent is probably safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Atrovent during pregnancy (see Atrovent and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if Atrovent passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Atrovent (see Atrovent and Breastfeeding for more information).