Combivent is an inhaled medication. Its main components are ipratropium and albuterol. They are known as bronchodilators.
Combivent is used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Individuals with COPD often experience bronchospasms. This occurs when the bronchi (the airways) undergo an abnormal contraction. This causes the airways to narrow, forming an obstruction. This restricts the amount of air that is able to go in and out of the lungs. This makes it difficult for individuals with COPD to breathe. Combivent is a bronchodilator that is inhaled in measured doses. It causes the airways to relax. This allows for the flow of air in and out of the lungs to increase, making it easier to breathe.
Contact your physician to find out the other benefits that this medication may have for you.
You should always adhere to the prescription that your doctor has provided you with. Do not take Combivent in a dose that is smaller or larger than has been instructed.
This medication is to be inhaled through the mouth.
The recommended dosage for Combivent is two inhalations. This should be repeated four times a day.
The total number of sprays a day should not exceed twelve sprays.
If you missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dose is due soon, do not take the dose that you forgot. You should not take two doses together.
In the event of an overdose, contact your nearest emergency medical center immediately.
The more common adverse effects that may be experienced when you take Combivent are:
Discomfort in various parts of the body
Wet or dry cough
Problems with breathing
Blockage in the ear
Irritation of throat
Congestion of nasal passages
Discomfort in the chest
The less common side effects that may be experienced with this medication are:
Discomfort in the bladder
Presence of blood in urine
Discomfort while urinating
Changes in bowel movements
Loss of consciousness
Erratic or unusual heart rate
Increased production of mucus
Changes in appetite
Discomfort in parts of the body
If you experience any of these adverse reactions inform your physician immediately.
Inform your physician if you are pregnant or wish to begin breastfeeding if you have been prescribed this medication.
Do not take Combivent if you have experienced allergic reactions to albuterol, ipratropium, or atropine.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart problems or elevated blood pressure.
Tell your doctor about any kidney or liver problems that you may have.
Inform your physician if you have ever experienced seizures or have a seizure disorder.
Combivent may be harmful to those with glaucoma, an overactive thyroid, urinary problems, diabetes, or problems with their prostate.
Inform your doctor about any medications, prescribed or over the counter, which you may be taking. Also tell your physician about any herbal supplements that you may be consuming. These may negatively interact when taken in combination with Combivent.