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What is ipratropium?

Ipratropium is a type of medication known as an anticholinergic bronchodilator. It is inhaled as part of an aerosol solution to treat breathing problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It helps relieve wheezing, labored breathing, coughing and chest tightness by helping to prevent the airways in your lungs from tightening and blocking the flow of air. Ipratropium inhalers are used on an ongoing, daily basis to help manage COPD symptoms. In addition to treating COPD, ipratropium is also available as a nasal spray that is used on a more short-term basis to treat a runny nose caused by allergies or colds. Ipratropium inhalers, nebulizer solution and nasal spray are sold under the brand name Atrovent. Ipratropium is also used in combination with another drug called albuterol, and this combination is sold under the brand names Combivent and DuoNeb.

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