Atrovent is taken by patients to prevent and control the symptoms caused by ongoing lung diseases, such as emphysema and bronchitis. For example, they include shortness of breath and wheezing. This medication works by relaxing muscles around their airways, so that they can open easily to let people breathe. To prevent the symptoms of lung diseases, it’s necessary to take Atrovent regularly to benefit from its effects. You can find it as a nebulized solution and fast-relief inhaler.
Sometimes, this medicine is also prescribed to prevent the symptoms of asthma and treat sudden shortness of breath and wheezing.
How to Use Atrovent
This medicine is taken with the help of a specific device called a nebulizer that changes a solution into a fine must inhaled by patients. This product must be colorless and clear to be used safely and effectively. Users need to inhale Atrovent into their lungs, 3-4 times a day with a minimal 6-hour interval. Avoid getting it into the eyes, because it may cause such unpleasant symptoms as temporary blurred vision, eye irritation and pain and other sudden vision changes. Your daily dosage must be based on your response and specific medical condition.
Mild and Serious Atrovent Side Effects
There are some unwanted adverse effects caused by this medication, but most of them are mild, including:
Nausea and dizziness;
Dry mouth and upset stomach;
Constipation and headaches.
These signs are rare, but if any of them get worse, your doctor needs to know it. The good news is that most users don’t have any serious side effects when taking Atrovent. In very rare cases, its intake may result in sudden worsening of breathing issues right after its use. That’s why you need to get medical help once you experience the following troubling signs:
Sudden worsening of breath and allergic reactions;
Eye pain and vision changes;
Painful and difficult urination;
Pounding and fast heartbeats.
Possible Atrovent Contraindications
Before you start using this medication, go to the hospital and inform doctors about any allergic reactions and other serious diseases that you have, including difficulty urinating, glaucoma, etc. Its intake may make some patients feel dizzy or drowsy and cause blurred vision or other sudden vision changes, so they should be quite careful when driving cars or doing other things that require their clear vision and full alertness. Besides, older adults are more prone to having unwanted side effects when taking Atrovent, especially constipation and urinating problems.
There are specific medications that shouldn’t be taken when undergoing this treatment, because they change the way it works and lead to serious side effects. Drug interactions should be avoided at any cost, so make a full list of other medications, including prescription and over-the-counter products, supplements, vitamins and minerals that you’re currently taking. Show it during your medical examination.