ipratropium inhalation solution
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02239131 ||MYLAN-IPRATROPIUM 0.25MG/ML INHALATION SOLUTION|
|02216221 ||MYLAN-IPRATROPIUM STERINEBS 0.025% INHALATION SOL|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Ipratropium belongs to the class of medications called bronchodilators. It is used to treat spasms in the lungs associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
It is also used along with other medications to treat asthma attacks.
Ipratropium works by opening the air passages, making breathing easier. This solution is given with the aid of compressed-air or oxygen-driven nebulizers.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of ipratropium inhalation solution is 250 µg to 500 µg. For children (5 to 12 years of age), the recommended dose is 125 µg to 250 µg. The dose may be repeated every 4 to 6 hours as necessary.
For regular treatment of breathing difficulties associated with chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the recommended adult dose is 500 µg 3 to 4 times a day. If less than 2 mL of solution is to be nebulized, a sterile, preservative-free saline or another suitable nebulizer solution should be used to make up the total volume to between 2 mL and 5 mL.
Your doctor or pharmacist should instruct you on proper use of this medication. Also, follow the instructions found with the medication and with your nebulizer for proper treatment, care, maintenance, and equipment cleaning procedures. It is very important to adjust the face mask, if required, to prevent the mist from getting into your eyes.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of clear, colourless inhalation solution contains ipratropium bromide 250 µg (0.025%) in an isotonic preserved solution. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, hydrochloric acid, and purified water.
Unit Dose Vials (Sterinebs)
Each mL of clear, colourless inhalation solution contains ipratropium bromide 250 µg (0.025%). Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydrochloric acid, purified water, and sodium chloride.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Ipratropium inhalation solution should not be used by anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to ipratropium, to atropine-like medications in general, or to any of the ingredients of the medication.