Ipratropium bromide

Ipratropium bromide is used for the relief of allergies.

Pronunciation: IP-ra-TRO-pee-um BRO-mide

What are ipratropium’s uses?

Ipratropium is used in nasal sprays for the relief of symptoms brought on by allergies. 

What special precautions should you take?

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid ipratropium, unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
  • Do not exceed the specified dosage and consult your doctor immediately if symptoms do not improve or worsen within 30 minutes after use.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking it.

Ipratropium should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions (first consult with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist):

  • An enlarged prostate
  • A bladder obstruction or urination problems
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma (an eye disorder that results in optic nerve damage)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

What drug interactions could you experience?

To avoid adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are ipratropium’s side effects?

Its side effects could include:

  • Dry mouth
  • A bitter taste in your mouth
  • Constipation
  • Struggling to urinate
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • An abnormally fast resting heart rate
  • Intestinal obstruction

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Call your doctor or an ambulance immediately if you notice severe side effects.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015