Atrovent

(ipratropium)

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Relieves runny nose due to the common cold or allergies.

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Our bottom line

Atrovent (ipratropium) is a good add-on treatment only when oral allergy medicines and steroid nasal sprays have not worked to control your runny nose, but the effects don't last long.

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Quick facts about ipratropium
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ipratropium)

Upsides

  • Won't make you drowsy like other allergy medicines.
  • Atrovent (ipratropium) is generally well tolerated.
  • Available in a cheap, generic form.
  • Safe for use in children age 6 and older (depending on dosage).
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Downsides

  • Can take 1 to 2 weeks before you start feeling better.
  • The nasal spray should only be used for maximum of 4 days if you have a cold or 3 weeks if you have allergies.
  • Effect doesn't last long so you will need to use it multiple times in a day.
  • Doesn't work directly to target your allergies.
  • Won't work well if you also have a stuffy nose and/or are sneezing.
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How it works

Atrovent (ipratropium) is an anticholinergic drug that blocks acetylcholine receptors in your airways to dry up mucus.

Quick facts about ipratropium
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ipratropium)

Used for

  • Runny nose

Dosage forms

  • Nasal spray
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What to expect when you take Atrovent (ipratropium) for Runny nose

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  • Possible side effects
  • Bloody nose
  • Dry nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Upper lung infection
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Side effect rates for Atrovent (ipratropium)

From 703 clinical trials of ipratropium when taken for runny nose (atrovent 0.03% 42 mcg per nostril)
  • Headache
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Upper lung infection
    10%10%
    7%7%
  • Bloody nose
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Sore throat
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Dry nose
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Inflammation and irritation of the nose
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of ipratropium.

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Risks and Warnings for Atrovent (ipratropium)

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  • Atrovent (ipratropium) can cause vision changes, especially if the medicine accidentally reaches your eyes. If you have glaucoma, talk to your doctor before use, since it can worsen your vision. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice vision changes, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.

Common concerns from people taking Atrovent (ipratropium)

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  • Won't make you drowsy like other allergy medicines.