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    Atrovent

    Product Name :   Atrovent
    Product Type :   ipratropium bromide
    Packaging and Product :   40mcg and 20mcg ipratopium bromide, 200 doses. Inhalation Aerosol
    Manufacturer :   Boehringer Ingelheim
    Product Classification :   Prescription Medication

    ATROVENT Metered Dose Inhaler

    Ipratropium bromide 20 mcg per actuation

    What ATROVENT is used for

    ATROVENT is used to make breathing easier for people with diseases such as asthma, emphysema (a serious condition that makes breathing difficult), and chronic obstructive bronchitis.

    ATROVENT improves air flow by relaxing the muscular tubes (air passages) that carry air to and from your lungs. It begins to act quickly after use but may take up to 2 hours to give maximum benefit.

    This medicine is known as an anticholinergic bronchodilator. It is for relief of symptoms and should be part of a management program that is prescribed by your doctor.

    Before you use ATROVENT

    When not to use ATROVENT

    Only use ATROVENT if a doctor has prescribed it for you. Never give it to someone else even if their symptoms seem to be the same as yours

    Do not use ATROVENT if you are allergic to it or to any of the ingredients. These ingredients are ipratropium bromide and soya lecithin in a mixture of CFC-containing propellant gases.

    In some cases you should not use ATROVENT if you are allergic to certain other medicines. You must tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicine, particularly atropine or other anticholinergic medicines. If you are uncertain as to whether you have these allergies you should raise those concerns with your doctor.

    You should never use ATROVENT after the EXPIRY DATE on the canister or carton.

    Before you start to use ATROVENT

    It is essential that your doctor knows your medical history before prescribing ATROVENT.

    Before using ATROVENT, you must tell your doctor if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions:

    • An eye problem called "glaucoma";
    • Problems with passing urine;
    • Constipation;
    • Cystic fibrosis.

    If you are uncertain as to whether you have, or have had, any of these conditions you should raise those concerns with your doctor.

    Before using ATROVENT it is advisable to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, obtained with or without a doctor's prescription. This is advisable even though ATROVENT is not known to affect, or be affected by, the activity of other medicines.

    ATROVENT may be used with other medicines that relax the air passages for additional symptom relief when prescribed by a doctor.

    Pregnancy

    Care is recommended during pregnancy, particularly in the first three months. Ask for your doctor's advice if you are pregnant, or likely to become pregnant during your course of medication.

    Breastfeeding

    Care is recommended if you are breastfeeding. Ask for your doctor's advice if you are breastfeeding or likely to breastfeed during the course of your medication.

    Children

    Children should only use ATROVENT on medical advice and under the supervision of an adult who has been instructed in the proper use of the aerosol.

    Using ATROVENT

    How to use ATROVENT

    The plastic mouthpiece has been specially designed for use with ATROVENT. The mouthpiece must never be used with any other metered aerosol nor must the ATROVENT metered aerosol be used with any mouthpiece other than the one supplied with the product.

    Shake the metered aerosol before each puff. This will mix the medicine evenly so that a correct dose is delivered.

    Each puff must be inhaled through the mouth properly for ATROVENT to work. At the end of this leaflet you will find instructions on how to correctly inhale ATROVENT.

    If you have any problems with inhaling ATROVENT ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    Never spray ATROVENT in or around your eyes. Should this occur, immediately flush your eyes with cold tap water for several minutes.

    Recommended Dose

    The recommended doses for adults and children are stated below. If your doctor has changed this dose you should ask for further information from your doctor or pharmacist.

    • For Adults: 2 puffs four times daily (at regular intervals), up to a maximum of 12 puffs a day.
    • For children 6 to 12 years: 1 to 2 puffs three times daily (at regular intervals).
    • For children under 6 years: 1 puff three times daily (at regular intervals).

    If you forget to take a dose

    It is important to use ATROVENT as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you remember when it is almost time for your next dose, take only your usual dose at that time.

    Overdose

    Seek medical advice if you have used more than the recommended or prescribed dose of ATROVENT and you experience signs of overdose as listed below.

    Signs of overdose may include fast or irregular heart beat, dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, stomach pains, constipation and difficulty passing urine.

    While you are using ATROVENT

    Things you must do

    Contact your doctor immediately if you experience eye pain or discomfort, or any disturbances with your sight (blurred vision, visual halos or coloured images) during or after using ATROVENT. This is because there have been rare reports of narrow-angle glaucoma with the use of ATROVENT.

    Tell your doctor if you need to use ATROVENT more frequently than prescribed or if you need more puffs than prescribed to relieve your symptoms. In these situations, your dose or treatment may need to be changed.

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you begin taking any other medicine while you are using ATROVENT.

    Effects on Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery

    When used as recommended, and when there are no side effects, ATROVENT is not known to have any effect on the ability to drive or operate machinery.

    Side effects

    You should be aware that all prescription medicines carry some risks and that all possible risks may not be known at this stage despite thorough testing. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking ATROVENT against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

    Ask for the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about the effects of taking this medicine.

    The more frequently reported side effects of ATROVENT are headache, nausea, dryness of the mouth, throat irritation and cough.

    Less frequently reported side effects of ATROVENT include the following:

    • Fast or irregular heart beat;
    • Change in bowel movements;
    • Urinary retention (difficulty passing urine);
    • Narrow-angle glaucoma (a condition affecting the eyes). The following symptoms may be associated with narrow-angle glaucoma: red eyes, eye pain or discomfort, sight disturbances (blurred vision, visual halos or coloured images);
    • Direct contact of the spray with the eyes may temporarily affect the ability of the eyes to focus. However, in some patients this may cause the more serious eye problem of narrow-angle glaucoma mentioned above, to develop or worsen.

    Therefore, it is very important to follow the Directions for Use carefully and avoid contact with the eyes.

    • Worsening of breathing problems (induced by the inhalation process);
    • Allergic reactions: Most of the cases of allergic reactions have involved patients who have had a history of allergy to other drugs and/or foods. Allergic reactions may include skin rash, swelling of the tongue, lips and face, and difficulty breathing. Life threatening allergic reactions have been reported.

    Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any side effects during or after using ATROVENT, so that these may be properly treated.

    In addition, unexpected effects, not listed above, can occur with any medicine.

    You should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything unusual, during or after using ATROVENT.

    After using ATROVENT

    Care and cleaning

    Your aerosol may not work properly if it gets dirty and is not cleaned

    Please follow the instructions under the heading Care and cleaning in the Directions for Use at the end of this leaflet.

    Storage

    ATROVENT should be kept in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25C.

    Do not store in direct sunlight or heat. For example, do not leave it in the car on hot days.

    The canister must never be forced open, punctured or thrown into a fire even when it seems empty. If this occurs, the canister may explode.

    Keep your ATROVENT Metered Aerosol where young children cannot reach it.

    Disposal

    If you have been told by your doctor that you will not be needing ATROVENT any more, the unused medicine should be returned to your pharmacist so that it can be disposed of safely.

    Product Description

    What ATROVENT is

    ATROVENT is the brand name of your medicine. It is a hand-operated metered aerosol that delivers 200 puffs of medication from a 10mL canister.

    Ingredients

    Each metered puff of ATROVENT contains ipratropium bromide 21 micrograms [equivalent to ipratropium bromide (anhydrous) 20 micrograms], which is delivered to your lungs by a mixture of propellant gases.

    These gases (commonly known as CFCs) are:

    • Trichloromonofluoromethane
    • Dichlorodifluoromethane
    • Dichlorotetrafluoroethane

    ATROVENT also contains soya lecithin as an emulsifier (mixing agent).


     

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