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What is the difference between atrovent (ipratropium) and proair?

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Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Different drugs: Proair is a beta agonist--that is a drug that helps open up the lungs atrovent (ipratropium) is another asthma drug that works via a different mechanism.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Types: Atrovent (ipratropium) = anticholinergic inhaler that causes drying of secretions and increases airway diameter (bronchodilator) proair= beta agonist inhaler that increases airway diameter (bronchodilator); may increase heart rate and cause gitteriness.

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