Combivent Inhaler Information:
Combivent (generic name: Ipratropium Bromide and Salbutamol Sulfate) is an approved drug which is prescribed for the treatment of asthma, including the prevention of asthma attacks. The active ingredients are a combination of bronchodilators and receptor stimulants which relax the airways and prevent asthma symptoms, and this in turn increases the amount of oxygen into the lungs. Combivent is also prescribed to prevent bronchospasm, which can often be caused by excessive exercise. Other uses of the medication include to treat wheezing and tightness in the chest in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Combivent comes as an aerosol which can be inhaled using an inhaler.
Combivent Inhaler Side Effects:
Combivent side effectsSide effects may include headaches, dizziness, insomnia, dry or sore mouth and throat, diarrhea, coughing and muscle pain. More severe side effects include bronchospasm (chest tightening and coughing), chest pain, quickening of heartbeat, increase in urination, confusion, body weakness, nervousness, and high blood pressure (painful headaches, quickening heartbeat, anxiety). If you experience any side effects you should consult a doctor immediately.
Combivent Inhaler Directions:
Combivent comes in aerosol form using an inhaler. You should always follow the instructions in the packet, and follow the advice of the doctor who prescribed your medication. Before using an aerosol for the first time, you should spray into the air a few times to test it. This should also be done if the inhaler has not been used for more than two weeks. The canister should always be shaken before use. You must then open the mouthpiece, breathe out fully and then insert the mouthpiece into your mouth, push down on the canister lightly and inhale. You should hold your breath for ten seconds after inhaling the aerosol. Wait at least 2 minutes before inhaling more of the solution, but only do this if you have been directed to do so by your doctor.
Combivent Inhaler Precautions:
Combivent can increase the risk of asthma related deaths, so caution should be taken to only use the prescribed dosage. If you overdose, immediate medical attention should be sought as an overdose of Combivent can cause death. If you get Combivent in your eyes you should rinse the eyes and contact a doctor immediately. Combivent may interact with other drugs including diuretics, digoxin, beta blockers, antidepressants, other bronchodilators and MAO inhibitors. Other medicines may also interact with Combivent and if you are on any other medication you should check with your doctor. You should inform your doctor if you have any pre existing medical conditions including heart disease, seizure disorders including epilepsy, diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, prostate conditions, glaucoma and liver or kidney diseases.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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