Drug Interactions

Ipratropium can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Ipratropium).

What If I Take an Overdose of Ipratropium?

People who take too much ipratropium may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Shakiness or nervousness
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth or eyes
  • Difficulty urinating.
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.

How Should Ipratropium Be Stored?

Store ipratropium at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your ipratropium 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 Work?

Ipratropium belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics. When used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the medication works by binding to specific receptors (called muscarinic receptors) in the airway, helping to relax the smooth muscle of the airway. When used to treat a runny nose, it works by decreasing the production of fluid in the glands that line the nasal passages.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take ipratropium include the following:
  • The medication is usually taken two to four times daily, depending on the particular form and the particular medical condition being treated.
  • You can take ipratropium with or without food.
  • Try to space out your dosages evenly throughout the day.
  • For ipratropium to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.


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