What is Combivent Respimat used for?
Combivent Respimat is used to prevent and manage the coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including bronchitis and emphysema.
It combines two bronchodilators, Ipratropium Bromide and Albuterol, to relax the muscles of the airways. The extra space allows air to reach the lungs and makes breathing easier. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms can experience difficulty with daily tasks such as school, work, and exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Combivent Respimat
When discussing Combivent Respimat with your doctor they ought to provide instructions on how to use the device and may even provide a demonstration. The manufacturer's packaging should come with a drug information pamphlet for reference. If you have any questions before taking Combivent Respimat, call your doctor or pharmacist as correct use of the device will provide the most benefit.
When you first use the idevice, or if you haven’t used it for 3 days, you will have to prime the respimat. To do that, point the device away from you to avoid spraying combivent respimat into your eyes, and release a dose.
You should see a misty spray. If you do not see a mist when discharging, try up to 3 times until you do. Priming the device will not decrease the amount of medication available to you.
Once the device is primed, use as directed by your doctor. They may have special instructions if you need to rely on Combivent Respimat to manage wheezing. Your recommended dose is based on your condition and response to treatment.
Rinse your mouth with water once you are finished to avoid irritation or possible infection from residual medication. If you require a second bronchodilator, or another inhaler entirely to manage symptoms. Wait at least a minute before using a different inhaler.
Use this medication consistently everyday to get the most benefit. If you happen to miss a dose, you can take it once you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, simply skip the one that was missed and return to your regular schedule.
Don't take an additional dose to make up for a dose that is missed. Taking this product more frequently than recommended can lead to more severe or frequent side effects and will not improve your condition.
Be cautious engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances until you understand how Combivent Respimat affects you.
If you are taking this to treat a different condition, ensure that you are informed of what medical condition you have and how Combivent Respimat is meant to treat it. Do not share this medication with others even if they have similar symptoms. They may not get any benefit from treatment with combivent respimat and its use can lead to an adverse reaction.
Treatment may become less effective for symptomatic relief if your symptoms become worse. Contact your doctor if you are still experiencing symptoms after treatment.
Individuals that manage COPD on a regular aerosol bronchodilator who continue to have bronchospasm may need a quick-acting inhaler to relieve sudden symptoms. Combivent Respimat cannot act quickly enough to assist with sudden breathing problems.
The following drugs are known to interact with Combivent Respimat . This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Glycopyrronium Tosylate
- Iobenguane I 123
- Secretin Human
Combivent Respimat has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Combivent Respimat , talk to your doctor or emergency care. Report side effects with Combivent Respimat to your doctor if you find them unmanageable and call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of the eye)
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- noisy breathing
- decreased vision
- eye pain
- lack or loss of strength
- itching skin
- sore throat
- fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- voice changes
- noisy breathing
- difficulty with breathing
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- Acid or sour stomach
- difficulty in focusing eyes
- pounding in the ears
- runny nose
- loss of voice
- dry throat
- ear congestion
- swelling of the eye
- blurred vision
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- dry mouth
- redness of the white part of the eyes or inside of the eyelids
- difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
- Chest discomfort
- decrease in urine volume
- swelling or inflammation of the mouth
- Bladder pain
- stuffy nose
- trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
- trouble sleeping
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- voice changes
- bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
- decrease in the frequency of urination
- cough producing mucus
- swelling of the face, lips, eyelids, mouth, or throat
- itching, redness, tearing, or other sign of eye irritation not present before use of this medicine or becoming worse during use
- trouble swallowing
- tightness in the chest
- joint pain
- change in near or distance vision
- burning while urinating burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- redness of the skin
- loss of appetite
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- change in taste
- bloody or cloudy urine
- difficulty with moving
- lower back or side pain
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- Body aches or pain
- tender, swollen glands in the neck
- muscle pain or stiffness
- increased sputum
- Skin rash or hives
- muscle aches and pains
- pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
- chest pain
- frequent urge to urinate
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.