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Combivent (Ipratropium/Albuterol) is an inhalation aerosol made up of Ipratopium and Albuterol. Both medications are meant to relax the muscles associated with your airways to help prevent asthma symptoms and allow you to breathe easy.
Combivent (Ipratropium/Albuterol) is inhaled typically 4 times a day, and can be used to treat sudden attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, and other asthmatic symptoms. Follow the directions given to you by your doctor carefully to ensure the best treatment. Also, consult the paper work provided to you by your pharmacist for specific instructions on how to use the Combivent inhaler.
To avoid complications while taking Combivent speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions, know allergies, or any medication you are currently taking.
Take care to avoid contact with eyes making sure to firmly place the inhaler on your lips when taking a dose of Combivent. Make sure to rinse your mouth with water to avoid irritation, dry mouth and infections. Rinse and gargle the water and never swallow the rinse water.
Clean the mouth piece every week to avoid residue build up that can obstruct the delivery of medication from the inhaler. Use a damp cloth or tissue to wipe down the mouth piece when cleaning the inhaler.
If you are using other inhalers to help with your condition, allow at least 1 minute between inhaler use. Never take more than 6 doses in a 24 hour period. If you find that you require more doses during the day, speak with your doctor for other treatment options.
Some side effects that can occur are:
More serious side effects that can occur can be difficult/painful urination and muscle cramps. Speak with your doctor if any side effects become too severe. Your doctor and pharmacist will be able to assist you in managing the side effects, or help find other treatment options.
Q: This inhaler has two medications, what is the dosage of each in the Combivent inhaler?
A: Combivent Inhaler contains a inhalation solution that delivers 20 mcg of ipratropium bromide (monohydrate) and 100 mcg of salbutamol (as salbutamol sulfate). In case of allergies nonmedicinal ingredients include: benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, hydrochloric acid, and purified water.
Q: How should I store my inhaler?
A: Store this in room temperature with the mouth piece facing down. Avoid heat and flames, keep away from children and pets. Never dispose in waste water, and consult your local pharmacist for correct disposal options.
Q: Can I used this while breastfeeding or pregnant?
A: This medicine can pass through to the breast milk while nursing and potentially have an effect on the child. Speak with your doctor to understand the risk of using this medication while breastfeeding. For safety reasons you should avoid Combivent if you are pregnant. However, you can speak with your doctor to understand the overall risk of using this medication during a pregnancy.
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