Precautions and Warnings With Ipratropium Nasal Spray
You should talk to your healthcare provider about the precautions and warnings with ipratropium nasal spray before starting the drug. Prior to using it, let your healthcare provider know if you have liver disease, a bladder problem, glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate. Precautions and warnings with ipratropium nasal spray also include the possibility that the medication can cause vision changes.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ipratropium nasal spray (Atrovent® nasal spray) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- A bladder problem
- An enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with ipratropium nasal spray include the following:
- Ipratropium nasal spray is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, ipratropium nasal spray can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking ipratropium nasal spray if you have any of these problems.
- Ipratropium nasal spray has not been adequately studied in people with kidney or liver disease. Since kidney or liver disease can affect how your body handles medications, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely while you are using the medication.
- Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking ipratropium nasal spray.
- Ipratropium nasal spray can interact with other medications (see Atrovent Drug Interactions).
- Ipratropium nasal spray is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that ipratropium nasal spray is probably safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using ipratropium nasal spray during pregnancy (see Atrovent and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if ipratropium nasal spray passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using ipratropium nasal spray (see Atrovent and Breastfeeding for more information).