Ipratropium is used to control symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and colds. The drug prevents the glands in your nose from creating fluid. Ipratropium is a nasal spray. As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Ipratropium is a prescription suspension drug that belongs to a group of drugs called anticholinergics which work by relaxing the airways in the body and making it easier to breathe.
Ipratropium is a drug used in the prevention of bronchospasm in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Ipratropium may also be used for purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
Ipratropium is used because it belongs to a class of medicines called anticholinergics. Cholinergic substances are those which cause constriction of blood vessels. By blocking cholinergic activity, Ipratropium can help to prevent – but not to treat – bronchospasm.
Ipratropium is associated with its own range of potential side effects. Among these include headache, cold-like symptoms, nausea, body aches, and dry mouth.