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Ipratropium (Generic)
What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.

Ipratropium Ipratropium

Generic Ipratropium -the active ingredient in the brand-name medication Atrovent- is used to prevent bronchospasm, or narrowing airways in the lungs.

Ipratropium 20mcg Inhalation Bottle

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Generic Ipratropium is used to help treat people with bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

How to take

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

When using the inhaler device for the first time, prime it by spraying 2 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Also prime the inhaler if you have not used it for 3 days or longer.

The instructions below are for standard use of the inhaler. Your doctor may want you to use your device differently. Be sure you understand all instructions that are specific to your use of Generic Ipratropium inhalation.
To use the inhaler:

  • Uncap the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Breathe out fully. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips. Keep your eyes closed to prevent spraying any medicine into your eyes. Breathe in slowly while pushing down on the canister. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
  • If you use more than one inhalation at a time, wait at least 15 seconds before using the second inhalation.
  • Keep your inhaler clean and dry, and store it with the cap on the mouthpiece. Clean your inhaler once a week by removing the canister and placing the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Allow the parts to dry before putting the inhaler back together.

Side effects

Stop using Generic Ipratropium and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a fast, pounding heartbeat.

Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

  • headache, dizziness;
  • dry mouth, cough, hoarseness;
  • nausea, upset stomach; or
  • blurred vision.

If you switch from Atrovent to Atrovent HFA, you may notice a slightly different taste or feel after inhaling the medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.


Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this happens, rinse with water.

Drug interactions

Before using Generic Ipratropium, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines:

  • atropine (Donnatal, and others),
  • belladonna,
  • clidinium (Quarzan),
  • dicyclomine (Bentyl),
  • glycopyrrolate (Robinul),
  • hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others)
  • mepenzolate (Cantil),
  • methantheline (Provocholine),
  • methscopolamine (Pamine), and
  • propantheline (Pro-Banthine), or
  • scopolamine (Transderm-Scop).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs not listed that can affect Generic Ipratropium.

Missed dose

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.


Store Generic Ipratropium at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Extreme heat can cause the canister to burst. Do not store it in your car on hot days. Do not throw an empty canister into open flame.


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