Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Sprays

 

Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent) is used to reduce runny nose.

  • How anticholinergic nasal sprays work: When sprayed into each nostril, anticholinergic nasal sprays decrease secretions from the glands lining the nasal passage. This diminishes the symptom of runny nose.
  • Who should not use these medications: Individuals who are allergic to any components of the nasal spray should not take this drug.
  • Use: The usual dosage is 2 sprays in each nostril 2-3 times per day.
  • Drug or food interactions: Since this spray has little or no effect beyond the area applied, it is unlikely to interact with other drugs.
  • Side effects: Anticholinergic nasal sprays may cause an excessively dry nose, thereby causing nosebleeds or irritation. Other side effects include headaches, stuffy nose, upset stomach, and sore throat.