Combivent is an inhalant and contains the two active components ipratropium and albuterol. Each metered dose of Combivent consists of 120mcg of albuterol and 21mcg of ipratropium bromide.
How It Works
Both ipratropium and albuterol are substances that are called bronchodilators. These bronchodilators work on the muscles that are surrounding the airways. Albuterol and ipratropium help to relax these muscles. This, in turn, causes the airways to widen and allow more air to pass through into the lungs. This is particularly helpful when these particular muscles are experiencing spasms, causing them to close or constrict.
Combivent is largely given to individuals who suffer from certain lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It helps to reduce the prevalence of bronchospasms. Combivent is typically used alongside other treatments to help manage the presence of COPD.
Patients must first get checked over by a medical specialist before using Combivent. This physician will be able to better guide them regarding the appropriate dose of Combivent. It is important to only use as much metered spray as has been recommended. Do not alter this prescription in any way, unless you have been given specific orders by your medical specialist.
Individuals can take two inhalations of Combivent, during four separate times of the day. In certain instances, you may have to take further inhalations. On average, however, it is best to avoid inhaling Combivent more than twelve times in a single day.
If the Combivent spray has not been used in at least a day, you should test spray it first. Make sure to use the spray at least three times before inhaling it.
By inhaling Combivent, there may be certain unpleasant reactions that follow as a result. Some of the more reported ones are:
Accumulation of acid within the stomach
Difference in tasting abilities
Issues with movement
Changes or disruption of vision
Tiredness or a general lack of strength
Sensitivity or inflammation of the eye
Cough and other symptoms of a cold
Congestion of the ear
If you have noticed these particular problems or if they continue without cessation, you should get the advice of a medical specialist.
If you are sensitive to albuterol, ipratropium, or atropine, you should not be given Combivent.
Tell a medical specialist if you have been diagnosed with any of the below conditions:
Elevated blood pressure
Seizures or medical conditions that may result in seizures
Issues with your thyroid gland, particularly an overactive one
Difficulty passing urine
Prostate disease or an enlarged prostate
There is no conclusive evidence to prove that Combivent may harm unborn children. However, if you have been prescribed Combivent and have found out that you are pregnant, you should speak to a medical specialist.
There is also no solid information regarding if Combivent can be found in breast milk. As such, experts are unsure if it can be passed on to breastfed babies. Do not begin to breastfeed your infant until you have conferred with a medical specialist.