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Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution is a medication that can be used to treat the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is available by prescription and comes in the form of a nebulizer solution. The medication works by binding to specific receptors in the airway to relax the muscle and allow more air into and out of the lungs. Possible side effects of the medication include upper respiratory infections, difficulty breathing, and headaches.
What Is Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution?Ipratropium bromide inhalation solution (Atrovent® inhalation solution) is a prescription medication used to prevent airway spasms (also known as bronchospasms) caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This form of ipratropium bromide is inhaled using a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs). Ipratropium bromide also comes in an inhaler (ipratropium bromide HFA) and a nasal spray (ipratropium bromide nasal spray).
Side Effects of Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation SolutionAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with ipratropium bromide inhalation solution. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
- Worsening of COPD
- Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold)
- Difficulty breathing