A healthcare provider may prescribe Atrovent inhalation solution to treat the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Atrovent inhalation solution works by relaxing the muscles in the airway to allow more air into and out of the lungs. Atrovent inhalation solution, which is available by prescription, comes in liquid form and is used in a nebulizer. Potential side effects of the medicine include headaches, difficulty breathing, and upper respiratory infections.
Brand-name Atrovent inhalation solution was originally made by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, but is no longer manufactured. Fortunately, generic forms of Atrovent inhalation solution are still available (see Generic Atrovent Inhalation Solution for more information).
How Does Atrovent Inhalation Solution Work?
Atrovent inhalation solution belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics. By binding to specific receptors (called muscarinic receptors) in the airway, Atrovent inhalation solution helps to relax the smooth muscle of the airway.
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