Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution?If you do not take your ipratropium and albuterol solution as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
How Does Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution Work?The ipratropium component of the medication belongs to a group of drugs known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics. By binding to specific receptors in the airway, called muscarinic receptors, ipratropium helps to relax the smooth muscle of the airway and allow more air into and out of the lungs.
The other component, albuterol, belongs to a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. Beta agonists stimulate beta receptors in the body, including those on the muscles around the airways. This stimulation causes the muscles to relax, which opens up the airways and allows more air to get into and through the lungs.
Effects of Ipratropium and Albuterol SolutionStudies have compared ipratropium and albuterol solution to each of its two components in people with COPD. These studies showed that combining the medications improved lung function more than when either ipratropium or albuterol was used alone.
When and How to Take Ipratropium and Albuterol SolutionGeneral considerations for when and how to take ipratropium and albuterol solution include the following:
- The medication is a liquid form of Atrovent® that is used in a nebulizer. You will need to purchase or rent a nebulizer in order to use ipratropium and albuterol solution.
- Ipratropium and albuterol solution is usually taken four times daily, although your healthcare provider may recommend more frequent dosing if necessary.
- Make sure you know exactly how to use and clean the nebulizer.
- You do not need to dilute or mix the medication; it comes in ready-to-use, single-dose vials.
- For ipratropium and albuterol solution to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.