A runny nose is not only annoying, but the constant wiping with tissues can leave you with a red rash that helps to draw attention to the fact that you have a runny nose. Ask your doctor about a prescription for Atrovent Nasal Spray to help clear up your rhinorrhea so you can stop sniffing and wiping. Atrovent Nasal Spray or generic Ipratropium treats allergic and non-allergic inflammation in your nose and starts to dry up the mucus in about 10 to 15 minutes but is not intended to clear a stuffy nose, sneezing, or postnasal drip. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Atrovent Nasal Spray is an anticholinergic medicine that, when administered as directed, blocks cholinergic receptors located in your nose. This prevents acetylcholine from acting on their receptors, ultimately resulting in a decrease of mucus production in your nose. Now your breathing is easier and your sniffling is over. If you are using Atrovent Nasal Spray for year-round allergies, talk to your doctor about how long it is advised to keep using this medicine.
Rhinorrhea seems to occur most often in the winter months. Nasal mucus is always present and one of its jobs is to warm the cold inhaled air to your body temperature as you breathe it in. But winter weather can be drying and mucus production has to step it up a notch to keep your nasal lining moist. As you then breathe out, the vapor in your breath condenses as it meets up with the cold outside air. So now you have an excess of water from condensation in your nose with nowhere to go but out with the excess mucus.
Allergies can be triggered when you inhale or touch something that your immune system feels is a threat to you. Antibodies are produced and inflammatory chemicals are released to fight off the intruder. Part of this process usually involves an increased mucus production so your nose runs as a way to “flush out” the danger. Your eyes may become watery for the same reason which further exacerbates a runny nose as the excess tears drain through the inner corner of your eyelids and into your nasal cavities.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding before using Atrovent Nasal Spray as it may be harmful for your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx medications you take, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements. This will allow your doctor to make an informed decision whether Atrovent Nasal Spray is the right medicine for you.
Do not use Atrovent Nasal Spray longer than prescribed without talking to your doctor or pharmacist. You should not start or stop other pharmaceutical products without your doctor’s knowledge as this may cause interactions or require dose adjustments for some of your drugs. Unless otherwise instructed, Atrovent Nasal Spray should not be administered to children younger than 6 years of age.