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Examples, combination of an anticholinergic (ipratropium) and a short-acting beta2-agonist ( albuterol Ipratropium alone and combined with albuterol is available in metered-dose inhalers (MDI) and as a liquid form for use in compressor-driven nebulizers. Inhalers may be used differently, depending on the medicine used.
Always read the directions to be sure you are using the inhaler correctly.
How It Works, anticholinergics relax the airways and prevent them from getting narrower. This makes it easier to breathe. They may protect the airways from spasms that can suddenly cause connecticut the airway to become narrower (bronchospasm).
They also may reduce the amount of mucus produced by the airways.
Anticholinergics begin to work within 15 minutes, work best after 1 to 2 hours, and usually last from 3 to 4 hours (but may last up to 6 hours in some people).
Why It Is Used, inhaled anticholinergics are usually used for severe asthma attacks. They are sometimes used in the home, but they are not used as daily maintenance treatment for persistent asthma. And they are sometimes used with another medicine.
Anticholinergics may be used: Along with short-acting beta2-agonists to treat severe asthma attacks or status asthmaticus, a long-lasting and severe asthma attack that does not respond to standard treatment. As an added medicine used after short-acting beta2-agonists during an asthma attack.