Atrovent inhaler can be useful in treating some of the lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and even emphysema. It seeks to relax the muscles all around your airways so as to open them up and also to breathe much more easily.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Atrovent is to be inhaled orally at least 4 times in a day. It is advisable to close the eyes while you inhale it, in order to prevent any kind of eye infection or problem.
A full glass of water is advisable after the inhalation of Atrovent so as to prevent a dry mouth.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Atrovent ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Atrovent each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Atrovent being a bronchodilator helps to relaxe the muscles around your airways. This helps to open them up and helps you in breathing more easily.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Atrovent must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 4 to 30 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Atrovent (you may check medicine label) or any other similar medication then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Atrovent is known to cause headache and changes in vision. Thus it is advisable to close your eyes while taking the medication. If the medication fails to have any effect on your wheezing or chest tightness, then it is advisable to consult your doctor, before you take any other step.
It is advisable to immediately consult your doctor when you experience any of these signs like red and painful eye, loss of vision, possibly with headache, blurred vision, and also seeing haloes around lights.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Atrovent. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Atrovent usage may have on the unborn baby.