What is Ipratropium?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Ipratropium is an anticholinergic drug with similar effects to atropine, but since it is poorly absorbed into the blood, it has few side effects (such as tachycardia) at therapeutic doses. It is available as an inhalant or a nasal spray. It is also used for the reduction of secretions in the lungs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 53 14
Asthma 31 9
Bronchiectasis 12 3
Emphysema 6 2
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 5 4
Allergies 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 12
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ipratropium

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 4
Bad taste in mouth 3
Bladder irritability 1
Chickenpox 1
Dehydration 1
Dry nose 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ipratropium

Dosage Patients
0.018 mg daily 2
0.02 g daily 2
0.02% as needed 2
0.02 g weekly 1
0.04 g daily 1
0.03 g twice daily 1
0.02 g four times daily 1
0.2 mg daily 1
0.08 g four times daily 1
0.2 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ipratropium

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Course of treatment ended 8
Did not seem to work 5
Other 4
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Ipratropium

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Ipratropium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 4
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 17
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ipratropium after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Salbutamol (Ventolin Evohaler) 1

Patients stopped taking Ipratropium and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 1
Pirfenidone (Esbriet) 1
Tiotropium inhaler (Spiriva HandiHaler) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Ipratropium

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kitkat2055
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kitkat2055
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

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Oct 3, 2009 (Started Sep 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Runny nose (rhinorrhea))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Sinus headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.06 g Daily
Side effects: Sinus headaches

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CombatALS
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CombatALS
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Mar 30, 2009 (Started Mar 30, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.054 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this is combined treatment with albuterol. treatments take 20 minutes. I experience immediate relief of lung congestion.

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Glenn Govednik
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Glenn Govednik
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 75y
  • Organ: Lung
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Lung : 9y Transplanted
I have:
Lung Transplant

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Apr 4, 2008 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Emphysema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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