Ipratropium treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Use your inhaler every day, even if you do not have symptoms.
This medication belongs to a group of drugs called anticholinergics (or antimuscarinics) which work by opening up the air passages in the lungs to allow air to flow more easily, relieving symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Ipratropium comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an "MDI"). It is usually taken as 2 inhalations four times a day. Ipratropium is also available as a nebulizer solution.
Common side effects include headache, cough, dry mouth, and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it affects you.
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Common side effects include:
- dry mouth
- difficulty urinating
- pain when urinating
- frequent need to urinate
- back pain
This is not a complete list of ipratropium side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.