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Ipratropium Bromide Nasal spray

It is used to relieve a runny nose due to seasonal allergies or non allergic causes, like a cold

Generic Name: ipratropium nasal

Brand Names: Ipratropium Bromide Nasal, Atrovent Nasal

What is this medicine?

IPRATROPIUM (i pra TROE pee um) is used to relieve a runny nose due to seasonal allergies or non allergic causes, like a cold. This medicine does not help with nasal congestion or sneezing.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bladder problems, difficulty passing urine
  • glaucoma
  • prostate trouble
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ipratropium, atropine, bromides, soya flour or protein, soybeans or peanuts, peanut oil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use only in the nose. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. Do not share this medicine with anyone else. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • atropine, hyoscyamine, and related medications
  • medicines for motion sickness or dizziness
  • medicines for overactive bladder
  • some medicines for colds
  • some medicines for stomach problems

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra medicine. This medicine should start to work within a day or two of treatment.

Do not get this spray in your eyes. It can cause irritation, pain, or blurred vision. If you do get any in your eyes, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water and call your health care provider.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue or difficulty breathing
  • chest pain or fast heartbeat
  • dizziness or fainting spell
  • eye pain or change in vision
  • infection

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry eyes, mouth or nose
  • irritation in the nose or throat
  • nausea
  • nosebleeds
  • trouble passing urine
  • unusual taste

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Avoid excessive humidity. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: November 30, 2009
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