What is Respontin?
Respontin nebules contain the active ingredient ipratropium bromide, which is a type of medicine called a bronchodilator. It is used as a regular treatment to help keep the airways open all the time and reduce symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. Respontin nebules are used in a nebuliser. A nebuliser is a machine that converts the liquid medicine inside the nebules into particles that can be inhaled. Respontin is available online through a Dokteronline.com partner pharmacy.
What is this medicine used for?
Respontin is prescribed in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with coughing and respiratory distress. Ipratropium allows the muscles around the airways to relax and the airways to open. This makes it easier for people with asthma or COPD to breathe. The effects of Respontin last about six hours.
How to use Respontin
Respontin nebules are used in a nebuliser. Follow these instructions for using the nebules:
- Set up the nebuliser for use;
- Open one ampoule by twisting the top and squeeze the contents into the nebuliser, possibly diluted with a salt solution (only if advised by a doctor);
- The nebuliser should be used as directed by your doctor;
- Throw away the ampoule and any remaining liquid. Clean the nebuliser after use.
You should take care when using a nebuliser to avoid the mist or medicine getting in your eyes. This can cause (serious) eye problems or make existing eye problems worse.
Respontin is available from our partner pharmacies in ampoules of 1 ml and 2 ml. The liquid contains 250 microgram ipratropium per ml. The amount to be taken and the duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. The typical dose is:
- Adults and children aged 12 and above: one 1-ml or 2-ml ampoule, three to four times a day.
- Children aged 6 to 12 years: one 1-ml ampoule, up to four times a day.
The doctor will prescribe an adjusted dose for children under the age of six. Read the package leaflet before use.
Respontin can cause side effects, including:
- Dry mouth;
- Irritation of the mouth and/or throat;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you experience these or other side effects. For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Respontin
Respontin is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to ipratropium bromide, atropine or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Use this medicine with caution if you have glaucoma, a condition that raises the pressure in the eye. People who have cystic fibrosis (CF), an enlarged prostate or difficulty passing urine should be especially cautious when using this medicine. If you are currently taking medication, you should consult a doctor on the use of Respontin to avoid potential interactions. For more information on contraindications, interactions and warnings, see the package leaflet.
Do not use Respontin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine may cause side effects that interfere with your ability to react. Stay out of traffic if you are less alert.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol.