Atrovent Nasal relieves a runny nose by acting directly on the mucous glands of the nose to decrease watery secretions.
Atrovent Nasal is known as an anticholinergic medicine. It belongs to one of several types of medicines used to treat the symptoms of rhinitis.
2a) When not to use Atrovent Nasal
Do not use Atrovent Nasal if you are allergic to it or to any of the ingredients. These ingredients are listed in full at the end of this leaflet.
In some cases you should not use Atrovent Nasal if you are allergic to certain other medicines.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any other medicine, particularly atropine or other anticholinergic medicines.
If you are uncertain as to whether you have these allergies you should raise those concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use Atrovent Nasal if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
You should never use Atrovent Nasal after the EXPIRY DATE on the bottle or carton.
2b) Before you start to use Atrovent Nasal
Before using Atrovent Nasal, you must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions:
* an eye problem called "glaucoma"
* enlargement of the prostate gland
* problems with passing urine
* cystic fibrosis.
If you are uncertain as to whether you have, or have had, any of these conditions you should raise those concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using Atrovent Nasal it is advisable to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, obtained with or without a doctor's prescription, including medicines you buy from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
In particular, you should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicine containing ipratropium bromide or another anticholinergic agent such as atropine, hyoscine or hyoscyamine.
Ask for your doctor's advice if you are pregnant, or likely to become pregnant during your course of medication.
Care is recommended during pregnancy, particularly in the first three months.
Ask for your doctor's advice if you are breastfeeding or likely to breastfeed during the course of your medication.
Care is recommended if you are breastfeeding as it is not known if the active ingredient in Atrovent Nasal may pass into breast milk.
There is not enough information available to recommend the use of Atrovent Nasal in children under 12 years of age.
4a) Things you must do
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience eye pain or discomfort, or any disturbances with your sight (blurred vision, visual halos or coloured images) during or after using Atrovent Nasal.
If the spray from Atrovent Nasal comes into direct contact with the eyes, it may cause eye pain, blurring of vision and increased sensitivity to light.
It may also cause a more serious eye problem, known as glaucoma, to develop or worsen. The following symptoms may be associated with glaucoma: red eyes, eye pain or discomfort, sight disturbances (blurred vision, visual halos or coloured images).
Therefore, it is very important to follow the Directions For Use carefully and avoid contact with the eyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you begin taking any other medicine while you are using Atrovent Nasal.
If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
4b) Things you must not do
Do not use Atrovent Nasal when the medicine is running out and it is no longer possible to obtain a firm spray.
4c) Ability to Drive or Operate Machinery
When used as recommended, and when there are no side effects, Atrovent Nasal is not known to have any effect on the ability to drive or operate machinery.
6a) Care and cleaning
It is recommended that the spray adaptor be cleaned after use.
Atrovent Nasal should be kept in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store in direct sunlight or heat and protect from freezing.
Keep Atrovent Nasal where young children cannot reach it.
If you will not be needing Atrovent Nasal anymore, the unused medicine should be returned to your pharmacist so that it can be disposed of safely.
7a) What Atrovent Nasal is
Atrovent Nasal is the brand name of your medicine. It is a clear, colourless solution in amber glass bottles. Each bottle contains 15 mL of solution which provides at least 180 metered doses.
Atrovent Nasal is identified by an Australian Registration Number and this number appears on the pack (AUST R 53362).
Each spray of Atrovent Nasal contains ipratropium bromide 22 micrograms [equivalent to ipratropium bromide (anhydrous) 21 micrograms] in purified water. It also contains benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, sodium chloride (salt), sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid.