Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Ipratropium Bromide 0.06 % Nasal Spray – Uses, Side Effects, and More

Ipratropium is used to treat a runny nose caused by the common cold or seasonal allergies. It works by reducing the amount of fluid/mucus released from inside your nose.This medication does not relieve symptoms of stuffy nose or sneezing.

How to use ipratropium bromide nasal

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using ipratropium and each time you get a refill. Learn how to use this spray properly. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Follow the instructions for priming the spray if you are using it for the first time or if you have not used it for more than 24 hours. When priming the spray, make sure to spray away from the face so that you do not get the medication into your eyes.

Gently blow your nose before using this drug. Spray this medication into the nose as directed by your doctor, usually 3 or 4 times a day in each nostril.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment.

Avoid getting this medication into your eyes. It may cause eye pain/irritation, temporary blurred vision, and other vision changes. If this medication does get into your eyes, flush your eyes with water for a few minutes. Tell your doctor right away if any symptoms occur.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. This medication works best if used at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often or for a longer time than directed without first consulting your doctor.

If the spray gets clogged, hold the nasal tip under warm running water for about a minute. Dry the nasal tip and prime the spray again. Do not use a sharp object to clear the spray.

You may start to feel better on the first day after using this medication. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

Side Effects

See also How to Use section.

Dry/bloody nose, headache, dry mouth/throat, throat irritation, bad taste in mouth, dizziness, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

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Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: difficult/painful urination, fast/pounding heartbeat.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: eye pain/swelling/redness, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night, blurred vision).

A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using ipratropium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to tiotropium; or to atropine or other belladonna-type drugs; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate).

Although unlikely, this drug may make you dizzy or blur your vision or cause other vision changes. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially problems urinating or constipation.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Ipratropium nasal

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jul 21, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is ipratropium nasal?

Ipratropium nasal (for the nose) works by reducing mucus secretions in the nose.

Ipratropium nasal is used to treat runny nose caused by seasonal allergies (hay fever). ipratropium nasal will not treat stuffy nose, sneezing, or cough.

Ipratropium nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use ipratropium nasal if you are allergic to ipratropium or atropine.

To make sure ipratropium nasal is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • narrow-angle glaucoma;
  • bladder obstruction or other urination problems;
  • an enlarged prostate; or
  • liver or kidney disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. Ipratropium nasal is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

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Ipratropium nasal can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Ipratropium nasal should not be used by a child younger than 5 years old.

How should I use ipratropium nasal?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the nasal spray pump. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Ipratropium nasal is usually used for only a short time, such as 4 days for the common cold or 3 weeks for allergy symptoms. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the cap tightly closed when not in use. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using ipratropium nasal?

Avoid getting ipratropium nasal in your eyes.

This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Ipratropium nasal side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Ipratropium nasal may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • nosebleeds, severe dry nose; or
  • painful or difficult urination.

Common side effects of ipratropium nasal may include:

  • headache;
  • dry nose, mouth, or throat;
  • minor nosebleed;
  • sore throat;
  • blurred vision; or
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Ipratropium nasal dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Rhinorrhea:

Rhinorrhea Associated with Allergic and Nonallergic Perennial Rhinitis:
0.03%: 2 sprays per nostril 2 to 3 times a day

Rhinorrhea Associated with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis:
0.06%: 2 sprays per nostril 4 times a day

Rhinorrhea Associated with the Common Cold:
0.06%: 2 sprays per nostril 3 to 4 times a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Rhinorrhea:

Rhinorrhea Associated with Allergic and Nonallergic Perennial Rhinitis:
6 years or older:
0.03%: 2 sprays per nostril 2 to 3 times a day

Rhinorrhea Associated with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis:
5 years or older:
0.06%: 2 sprays per nostril 4 times a day

Rhinorrhea Associated with the Common Cold:
0.06%:
5 to 11 years: 2 sprays per nostril 3 times a day
12 years or older: 2 sprays per nostril 3 to 4 times a day

What other drugs will affect ipratropium nasal?

Other drugs may interact with ipratropium nasal, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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