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Medications Lexicon

ATROVENT HFA, 20MCG, METERED INH.

Common uses

This medication is typically used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may also be used to control asthma symptoms. Its effects can be felt within a few minutes.

How to use this medication

To use this inhaler, follow these steps:

  • remove the cap and shake the inhaler well with the mouthpiece down;
  • tilt your head back slightly;
  • slowly breathe all the way out;
  • place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth and close your lips around it -- do not bite it;
  • start to breathe in, then press down on the canister once, while continuing to breathe in slowly and deeply;
  • hold your breath for 10 seconds then breathe out slowly;
  • if you have been instructed to use more than one puff, wait 30 seconds before repeating the above steps.
If you find it difficult to use this technique, ask your pharmacist for a spacer device; these devices make using an inhaler much easier. Clean your inhaler once a week.

This medication is typically used 4 times a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Use it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.

If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose. Do not double the next dose to catch up.

Possible side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause a metallic aftertaste;
  • it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting.
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage information

This product is sensitive to heat. Store it at room temperature, in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

General information

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.

This document contains useful information for those taking this medication. It is not intended, in any way, to replace the advice of a trained health professional. For more information, consult the manufacturer's literature, where you will find additional information about uncommon side effects as well as contraindications associated with this product.

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