What Is Ipratropium HFA Inhaler Used For?
As mentioned, the ipratropium HFA inhaler belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics. By binding to specific receptors in the airway, called muscarinic receptors, ipratropium HFA helps to relax the smooth muscle of the airway.
The ipratropium HFA inhaler uses an environmentally friendly hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propellant. This replaces the older Atrovent inhaler (which is no longer available) that contained CFCs (chlorofluoroalkanes), substances that deplete the ozone layer.
The ipratropium HFA inhaler is not approved for use in children. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about using the medication in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend the ipratropium HFA inhaler for treating something other than COPD. Using it to treat asthma is considered an off-label use of the inhaler.