About Ipravent: Ipravent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is a medicine that is prescribed for maintenance and treatment of conditions related to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Some of the conditions that doctors prescribe this medicine to patients include asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other obstructive airway diseases. The medicine is categorized as an anticholinergic and opens airways through the action of the smooth lung muscles. Here, it mainly targets the muscarinic receptors and blocks acetylcholine which is the chemical directly responsible for contraction and relaxation of airways. With the obstructions being reduced, airflow in the lung becomes free and symptoms of COPD are alleviated.
How to use Ipravent
Ipravent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide) is available as a metered inhaler that should regularly be administered to ensure that the airways remain open. This medicine should only be inhaled and not ingested. Your physician will take you through on how to use the inhaler and you can also confirm from the instructions leaflet if you are not sure about any point. If it is your first time to use an inhaler for a very long time, prime it first (by spraying a few puffs in the air) before administering it. Remember to take your doses as instructed by your physician and shake the inhaler well to mix the solution properly. The full effects of this inhaler are evident from 30minutes up to an hour after administering and can last up to 6 hours.
Your doctor will assess the severity of your condition and prescribe a dosage for you. The inhaler comes with 200 metered doses each having 20mcg of the medicine. For mild symptoms, the typical dosage for an adult is 3-5 doses per day until the inhaler runs out. This may be reduced or increased by your doctor depending on how you respond to treatment.
Ipravent Side Effects
Your physician will inform you about the possibility of experiencing unwanted side effects. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include headaches, vertigo, sore sinuses and blocked noses, hoarse voices, mild aching and back aches. These side effects should fade with time but in case, they worsen or persist, consult your physician immediately. Other rare but severe side effects include pain when passing urine, sore eyes and visual disturbances, reduced amount of urine and frequency of urination and bronchospasm. Visit the ER or call your doctor immediately you notice signs of these rare but severe side effects. These listed here are all the side effects and your doctor will give you more details about other side effects that you are most probable to experience based on your dosage, health condition, and symptoms.
Your condition may worsen as you continue with your treatment and this is evidenced by the ineffectiveness of the inhaler as compared to previous times. As soon as you make such observations, consult your doctor immediately. During the administration of the dose, try as much as possible to prevent accidental spraying of your eyes especially for patients suffering from glaucoma. It is also possible for your wheezing to increase after dosage administration and you should notify your doctor about this.