Precautions and Warnings With Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using ipratropium and albuterol solution include the following:
 
  • In rare cases, the medication can make bronchospasms (spasms of the airways) worse, which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if ipratropium and albuterol solution makes your breathing problems worse.
     
  • Ipratropium and albuterol solution contains an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, it can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking ipratropium and albuterol solution if you have any of these problems.
     
  • The medication can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure, resulting in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). The medication can also cause low blood pressure (hypotension). If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if recommending ipratropium and albuterol solution in your case.
     
  • People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using ipratropium and albuterol solution, as albuterol (one of the components) may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
     
  • Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking the drug.
     
  • Ipratropium and albuterol solution has not been studied in people with liver or kidney disease. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely if you have either of these conditions, as these problems often affect the way your body handles medications.
     
  • Ipratropium and albuterol solution can interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution).
     
  • Ipratropium and albuterol solution is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see DuoNeb and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is not known if ipratropium and albuterol solution passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see DuoNeb and Breastfeeding).
     

Ipratropium and Albuterol Solution Information

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