ipratropium 0.03% inhaler - nasal, Atrovent
GENERIC NAME: IPRATROPIUM 0.03% INHALER - NASAL (IP-ra-TROE-pee-um)
BRAND NAME(S): Atrovent
USES: This medication is used to treat a runny nose in adults and children 6 years and older. Ipratropium works by reducing the amount of discharge made by the glands in your nose.This medication does not relieve symptoms of stuffy nose, sneezing, or postnasal drip.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Spray this medication in your nose, usually 2 sprays in each nostril 2 or 3 times a day as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not use ipratropium more often or for longer than prescribed.Avoid spraying in or near the eyes. If this accidentally occurs, flush your eyes with cool tap water for a few minutes. Contact of ipratropium with the eyes may cause temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light that may last several hours. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience blurred vision or eye pain.The first time you use this medication, you must prime the bottle to make sure that the proper dose is delivered. Remove the dust cap and safety clip. Hold the bottle upright and point the tip away from your eyes. Place your thumb at the bottom of the bottle and your middle and index finger on either side of the spray tip. Press down firmly and quickly on the sprayer about 7 times until the spray appears. The device will have to be reprimed with 2 pumps if it has not been used for more than a 24 hour period. If the device is not used for more than 7 days, prime it again with 7 pumps.To use this medication, first gently blow your nose to clear the nasal passages. Tilt your head forward, close one nostril by placing a finger against the side, and gently insert the spray tip into the other nostril. Point the tip toward the back and outer side of the nostril. Squeeze the bottle to deliver the spray. Sniff deeply in through the nostril, then breathe out through your mouth. Remove the spray tip from your nose and tilt your head back for a few seconds. Deliver the second spray the same way, then repeat this procedure for the other nostril. Replace the cap and safety clip on the bottle.If the sprayer gets clogged, hold the nasal tip under warm running tap water for one minute. Dry the nasal tip, reprime, and replace the cap and safety clip.Drink a glass of water or juice after using this medication to help relieve irritated throat or bad taste in the mouth.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same times each day. Although you may feel better after the first day of use, it may take up to 2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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