A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium)
Atrovent inhaler is a bronchodilator. It is used to reduce and control symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath caused by lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and various others. The Atrovent inhaler helps the patients with lung diseases to breathe easily by relaxing the muscles which surround the air passages.
Each Atrovent Inhaler has 200 doses. You can easily buy Atrovent Inhaler (Ipratropium) online from Canada Pharmacy and have it delivered to your doorstep.
The Atrovent inhaler is to be used according to the directions provided by your doctor. When using the inhaler for the first time, or after three days, it needs to be primed. The priming has to be done in a careful manner which does not let the medication get into your eyes.
Usually, the inhaler is recommended to be used four times a day, but it is necessary to consult the doctor for the correct dosage. The medication is to be inhaled through the mouth. While inhaling, close your lips tightly around the inhaler and close your eyes to prevent the medication from getting into your eyes because it might cause irritation and temporary blurry vision. Give a gap of a minute between two puffs of the inhaler.
After taking the medication, rinse your mouth once or twice in order to prevent dryness of the mouth and throat. The mouthpiece of the inhaler is to be cleaned once every week.
One metered dose (ex-valve) contains 20 micrograms of active ingredient ipratropium bromide (as the monohydrate).
Some serious side effects that require immediate consultation with a doctor are bladder pain, bloody urine, cough producing mucus, painful urination, difficulty breathing, frequent urination, lower back/side pain, breath shortness, tight chest, wheezing.
Minor side effects which do not require medical attention are dry mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, sinus pain, dizziness, stuffy nose, constipation, discomfort and loss of appetite.