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Ipratropium Bromide Nasal spray (RX) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

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  • Treatment with Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray. 7 valid studies conducted, with 2,144 individuals. Effective in relieving runny nose. Minor side effects include dry nose and bloody nose.

    • EVIDENCE | REASONABLY TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE for runny nose
    • SAFETY | MILD RISKS

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It is effective in relieving runny nose (but does not unblock stuffy nose). Side effects are minor.

About Ipratropium Bromide Nasal spray (RX)

Nasal spray

  • Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Two sprays per nostril. Times per day (2-4) and daily dosage (168-672 mcg) vary with age, spray percentage (0.03% or 0.06%) and individual response.

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Reasonably tested
  • 7 Clinical Studies
  • 2,144 Adults Tested
  • Effective
  • Benefits:

    Reliefs runny nose, but does not unblock stuffy nose.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Minor reported side effects include dry nose, bloody mucus and bleeding from the nose.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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Ipratropium bromide, sold under the trade name Atrovent among others, is a medication which opens up the medium and large airways in the lungs. It is used to treat the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. It is used by inhaler or nebulizer. Onset of action is typically within 15 to 30 minutes and lasts for three to five hours. Ipratropium bromide was developed in Germany in 1976. (source)
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