Which medications in the drug class Intranasal anticholinergic agents are used in the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis?

Updated: May 18, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Intranasal anticholinergic agents

Used for reducing rhinorrhea in patients with allergic or vasomotor rhinitis. No significant effect on other symptoms. Can be used alone or in conjunction with other medications. In the United States, ipratropium bromide (Atrovent Nasal Spray) is available in a concentration of 0.03% (officially indicated for treatment of allergic and nonallergic rhinitis) and 0.06% (officially indicated for the treatment of rhinorrhea associated with common cold). The 0.03% strength is discussed.

Ipratropium (Atrovent Nasal Spray)

Chemically related to atropine. Has anti-secretory properties, and when applied locally, inhibits secretions from serous and seromucous glands lining the nasal mucosa. Poor absorption by nasal mucosa; therefore, not associated with adverse systemic effects. Local adverse effects (eg, dryness, epistaxis, irritation) may occur.


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