Generic name: Ipratropium bromide

Atrovent is a bronchodilator. It works by opening air ways in the lungs and relaxing smooth-muscle tissue (such as in the lungs) to improve breathing. 

Quick Facts About Atrovent


Used on a long-term basis to treat bronchial spasms; (wheezing) associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as bronchitis and emphysema. Also used to relieve excessive nasal discharge.

Atrovent Dosage

Take consistently to get the most benefit, as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Usual adult dose: aerosol — 2 inhalations 4 times per day, not to exceed 12 inhalations in 24 hours. Solution — 1 unit dose vial taken 3 to 4 times per day via oral nebulizer.
  • Usual child dose: may be prescribed for children over 6 years.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almosy time for next dose. If so, skip missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Atrovent Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

No specific information is available regarding Atrovent overdose. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: blurred vision, cough, dizziness, dry mouth, fluttering heartbeat, headache, irritation from aerosol, nausea, nervousness, rash, stomach and intestinal upset, worsening of symptoms.

Less common Atrovent side effects: constipation, coordination difficulty, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, fatigue, flushing, hives, hoarseness, inability to fall or stay asleep, increased heart rate, itching, low blood pressure, loss of hair, mouth sores, sharp eye pain, tingling sensation, tremors.


No Atrovent drug interactions reported.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Atrovent appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.

  • Unless directed otherwise by a doctor, do not take if you have: narrow-angle glaucoma, enlarged prostate, or obstruction of the neck of the bladder.
  • Not to be used for acute attacks of bronchial spasm.
  • Tell your doctor of any sensitivity or allergic reaction to this or similar medications.
  • Aerosol form accidentally sprayed in the eyes may temporarily blur vision.

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