Atrovent Nasal Spray Warnings and Precautions
Before you start using Atrovent nasal spray, warnings and precautions for the drug should be fully understood. You should tell your healthcare provider if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, glaucoma, or a bladder problem. Atrovent nasal spray warnings and precautions also extend to people who are allergic to any active or inactive components of the nasal spray.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Atrovent® nasal spray (ipratropium 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 Atrovent nasal spray include the following:
- Atrovent nasal spray is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, Atrovent nasal spray can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Atrovent nasal spray if you have any of these problems.
- Atrovent 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 Atrovent nasal spray.
- Atrovent nasal spray can interact with other medications (see Atrovent Drug Interactions).
- Atrovent nasal spray is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that Atrovent nasal spray is probably safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Atrovent nasal spray during pregnancy (see Atrovent and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if Atrovent 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 Atrovent nasal spray (see Atrovent and Breastfeeding for more information).