Ipratropium is used to treat cough, wheeze and difficulty breathing caused by respiratory problems such as COPD. Ipratropium used each day will help to reduce these symptoms. It works by opening air passages in your lungs, making breathing easier.
It works as a bronchodilator (opens the airways) and it also works as reliever (to relieve breathing problems)
Using an inhaler device enables the medicine to go straight into your airways when you breathe in. This means that your airways and lungs are treated, but very little of the medicine gets into the rest of your body.
In New Zealand ipratropium is available as an inhaler and nebulising solution. Nebulisers are used when inhalers are not suitable. The information on this page is about ipratropium inhalers. Read more about nebulisers.