Paramedic Drug Facts: Atrovent

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Atrovent

Trade Names: Atrovent

Class:Anticholenergic
Pharmacology: 2 hr half life
Causes Bronchodilation, dries respiratory tract secretions
Indications:

Bronchial Asthma
Reversible bronchospasm associated with chronic bronchitis and emphysema

Contraindications:

Hypersensitivity
Should not be used as primary acute treatment of bronchospasm

Cautions:

Monitor vital signs

Dosage:

Adult: 500 mcg in small volume nebulizer
Pediatric: 350-500 mcg/dose

Side Effects:

Palpitations
Dizziness
Anxiety
Headache
Nervousness

Special Considerations:

Pregnancy Safety: Category B
Use drug with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy, prostatic hyperplasia, or bladder neck obstruction due to increased risk for precipitation or worsening of underlying disease

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