Atrovent Inhalation Solution Uses
Although Atrovent inhalation solution is approved to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a healthcare provider may prescribe the medication "off-label" to treat asthma. The medication works by binding to certain receptors in the airways to relax the muscles and allow more air into and out of the lungs. Atrovent inhalation solution uses in children under the age of 12 years old have not been approved.
What Is Atrovent Inhalation Solution Used For?Atrovent® inhalation solution (ipratropium bromide inhalation solution) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Atrovent inhalation solution belongs to a class of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics and is inhaled using a special device called a nebulizer.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease. In COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause of COPD, there are other possible causes of COPD. Common COPD symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
- Sputum (mucus) production
- Chest tightness.
Depending on the severity of your COPD, your healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications as part of your COPD treatment, including:
- Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
- A yearly flu shot
- A pneumococcal vaccine.
Lifestyle changes are also recommended (see Living With COPD and COPD Rehabilitation). Atrovent inhalation solution is a bronchodilator, which means that it helps open up the airways. Atrovent can be used alone or in combination with other medications to treat COPD.