Precautions and Warnings With Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution

Prior to starting a new medication, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the drug's precautions and warnings. With ipratropium bromide inhalation solution, it is important to tell your healthcare provider if you have certain medical conditions, such as a bladder problem or glaucoma. Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, prostate problems, and breathing problems.

Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ipratropium bromide inhalation solution (Atrovent® inhalation solution) if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
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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 Precautions and Warnings With Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with ipratropium bromide inhalation solution include the following:
 
  • Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is not a fast-acting medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Let your healthcare provider know if ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is not adequately controlling your breathing problems.
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  • Sometimes inhaled medications (including ipratropium bromide inhalation solution) can make breathing problems worse. Let your healthcare provider know if ipratropium bromide inhalation solution seems to make your breathing problems worse.
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  • Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, ipratropium bromide inhalation solution can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking ipratropium bromide inhalation solution if you have any of these problems.
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  • Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking ipratropium bromide inhalation solution.
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  • Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution can interact with other medications (see Atrovent Drug Interactions).
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  • Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is probably safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using ipratropium bromide inhalation solution during pregnancy (see Atrovent and Pregnancy for more information).
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  • It is not known if ipratropium bromide inhalation solution passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using ipratropium bromide inhalation solution (see Atrovent and Breastfeeding for more information).
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