Respontin Nebules are a treatment used to alleviate symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD. They contain a type of drug called an antimuscarinic bronchodilator, which works by relaxing muscular tension in the airways, and making it easier for the user to breathe.
- Effective bronchodilator
- Relieves COPD symptoms
- Given through a nebuliser
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term used to describe a number of conditions, among which are bronchitis, chronic obstructive airways disease and emphysema. Illnesses which fall under this umbrella are thought to affect around 3 million people in the UK, with around only a third of these being accurately diagnosed.
The condition is an easy one for people to miss, with the phlegmy cough associated with it often being mistaken for smoker’s cough. In addition, COPD also causes episodes of wheeziness, particularly during physical exertion, and increases a person’s susceptibility to chest infections.
In the majority of cases, smoking is the cause of COPD; it has been known to be initiated by repeated exposure to pollutants, fumes and dust, although these instances are much less common. COPD occurs when the inflammation caused by an irritant such as cigarette smoke causes lasting harm to the tissues in the bronchi and the lungs.
When addressing the condition, one of the first things a doctor will suggest is for the patient to quit smoking, to help prevent COPD from developing any further. To help keep symptoms under control and alleviate periods of breathlessness, they may prescribe a bronchodilator treatment such as Respontin to facilitate better breathing. This type of medicine is issued through a device called a nebuliser, which transforms the solution into an inhalable mist.
Only available to buy in the UK on prescription, Respontin Nebules contain a functioning ingredient called ipratropium bromide. This works on receptors in the airways, by blocking the action of a chemical called acetylcholine, which can cause muscular tissue to become tense. In doing this, the medicine works to widen the respiratory pathways and help breathing.
We do not provide this treatment via our secure online service. If you are seeking a prescription for Respontin, speak to your GP or respiratory nurse.
Make sure you follow the instructions given to you by your prescriber when using this treatment, and that you adhere to the guidelines provided in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects and maximise the efficacy of the product.
- Take as directed.
- For adult cases of COPD, this will be one or two single dose units (250-500 micrograms) taken three to four times per day.
- Acute episodes of breathlessness should be treated with two single dose units (500 micrograms).
- Only administer the nebules through a nebuliser.
- To do this, refer to the instructions provided with your nebuliser and with this medication.
- Do not exceed the dose prescribed for you.
- If you miss a dose and are experiencing wheeziness, administer the dose you have missed. However, if you do not experience wheeziness, skip the dose you have missed and take the next one at the regular time. In the event that you miss a dose and do not realise until your next dose is almost due, do not double up on doses and skip the one you have missed.
The above is only a guide. Prior to use, make sure you consult the detailed instructions provided in the leaflet.
The following will not affect everyone who uses this medication. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of the side effects associated with it so that you can act in the event that they occur.
Notify your doctor if you experience any signs of: an allergic reaction, such as an itchy skin rash, swelling of the mouth and face, difficulty breathing and a drop in blood pressure; tightening of your throat; palpitations; or irregular heart rhythm.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, dizziness, dry mouth, feeling or being sick, stomach upset or discomfort, cough or throat irritation.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Rash, itching, tightness of the chest, swelling of the throat, dry throat, blurred vision, dilated pupils, glaucoma, painful, stinging, red or swelling of the eyes, seeing colours or lights, diarrhoea, constipation, mouth or lip sores, or problems passing water.
Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Difficulty focusing or urticaria.
This is only a summary of the side effects associated with this medicine. For a more detailed list, please refer to the leaflet provided.
Taking it with other medicines
Inform your doctor during consultation if you are taking any other treatments, such as beta-agonists including salbutamol, or xanthine preparations such as theophylline or aminophylline.
Conditions to look out for
Your doctor needs to know if you have or have ever had: difficulty passing water due to an enlarged prostate gland; cystic fibrosis; or glaucoma.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check with your doctor before using this medication if you pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machinery
If you become dizzy or experience any side effects which interfere with your sight or concentration, do not drive or operate machines and speak to your doctor.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, as alcohol is not thought to affect the function of this medicine.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you experience no side effects which may make doing so dangerous or unsafe. If you do, refrain from driving and let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable. You should talk to your doctor before using this item if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.
How should I store it?
In a safe place below 25°C and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This item consists of the following: ipratropium bromide, sodium chloride, diluted phosphoric acid and purified water.
Do not take it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Respontin Nebuliser online or in person with a prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure it is suitable for you prior to use.
Is it right for me?
Which COPD medication you use will be determined during consultation with your doctor or respiratory consultant. They will initiate a prescription where necessary following review of your condition.
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