ATROVENT INHALER CFC-FREE INHALATION SOLUTION
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Atrovent is a preventative treatment for asthma in the form of an HFA (hydrofluoroalkane) inhaler that is also recommended for the treatment of COPD, also known as chronic bronchitis. It works with the active ingredient ipratropium bromide, which is known as an antimuscarinic bronchodilator, meaning that it is particularly effective at preventing constriction in the airways, which is common in people with respiratory conditions and makes them more prone to breathing difficulties. Atrovent works directly in the lungs, but should never be taken to relieve symptoms in the event of an attack.
How does Atrovent inhaler work?
Atrovent contains ipratropium and works in the lungs, where it prevents receptors, known as muscarinic receptors, from reacting and causing constriction and narrowing in the airways. Muscarinic receptors react to a chemical known as acetylcholine and cause constriction of the airways. Atrovent prevents this reaction from occurring.
How do I use an Atrovent Inhaler?
One or two puffs of Atrovent CFC-free inhaler three to four times a day should be sufficient to manage asthma in adults, however a doctor may start you off on a higher dose. Always use Atrovent exactly as your doctor has instructed, and if you don't notice an improvement, it's best to mention this to your doctor. Below are some additional notes to consider when using an Atrovent inhaler:
- Take the cap off the inhaler mouthpiece and hold the it upright. Shake it vigorously up and down.
- Remove the mouth piece
- Breathe out normally as far as you comfortably can
- Hold the mouthpiece between your lips.
- At the same time as you first start to breathe in, press the top with your finger to spray the medicine.
- Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds and breathe out slowly.
- If you need more than one dose, start again from step 3.
Atrovent is a puffer inhaler, which means that you push down on a canister containing the active ingredient as you breathe in. If this is difficult for you to do, you should speak to your doctor about using a spacer.
If you are using your inhaler for the first time or if you haven't used it in three days, it is advisable to squeeze two puffs before placing the mouthpiece in your mouth and inhaling.
To ensure that it keeps on working effectively, we recommend that it be cleaned once a week. This should be done by removing the canister, and washing the inhaler casing separately with warm soapy water.