Combivent Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol (Salbutamol) Sulfate and/or alternatives
Combivent is a bronchodilator which is a combination of two medicines: Ipratropium and Albuterol. You can buy Combivent in the form of a metered-dose inhaler.
Indications & Dosage of Combivent
Combivent is used for preventing bronchospasms in patients suffering from COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The drug works by relaxing the muscles in the patient’s airways and increasing the flow of air to his or her lungs. In this way, the muscles around the patient’s airways are opened up, and he or she is able to breathe easily.
Usually, your doctor will advise you to take two Combivent 20/120mcg inhalations 4 times a day. You may even take additional inhalations if required. However, the total inhalations you take in a day should not exceed 12 in number.
The inhalation is taken orally. Before inhaling, make sure to shake the canister well for around 10 seconds. If your doctor has asked you to take 2 inhalations at a time, you should take them at a gap of at least 2 minutes between each dose. Do not forget to rinse your mouth after inhalation, as it may lead to throat irritation and dry mouth. Try to take the inhalations at almost the same time each day.
Side Effects & Interactions of Combivent
Nervousness, shaking, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness and headache may commonly occur in patients using Combivent.
In some cases, the drug may also lead to worsening of breathing problems. Seek medical help immediately if you develop such a side effect. Also seek medical attention if you have eye pain, difficult or painful urination, vision changes such as seeing halos around lights or blurred vision, muscle cramps, chest pain or fast, irregular or pounding heartbeat.
Some medicinal products may lead to serious drug interactions if taken along with Combivent. Such drugs include urinary or bladder medicines (e.g. darifenacin or flavoxate), irritable bowel medicines (e.g. dicyclomine), beta blockers (e.g. carvedilol), MAO inhibitors (e.g. furazolidone), diuretics, stimulants, diet pills, or ADHD drugs. Inform your doctor beforehand if you are already taking any of these medicines.
Warnings & Precautions of Combivent
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Combivent if you have an allergy to any of its ingredients, or to peanuts, soybean, or food products that contain soya lecithin.
Inform your doctor beforehand if you have diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorder, seizure disorder, overactive thyroid, kidney or liver disease, urination problem, or an enlarged prostate. Your doctor may need to make some necessary adjustments before starting Combivent treatment.
Avoid spraying Combivent into your eyes, as severe eye pain or irritation may occur. You may also experience vision changes and temporary blurred vision. The proper way of inhaling the drug is by putting your lips around the mouthpiece tightly and keeping your eyes closed.
As Combivent causes dizziness, you should avoid doing any activities that require you to be completely alert. Such activities include driving vehicles or operating machines. If you perform any of these tasks under sedation, a serious mishap can take place.
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