Combivent is a brand name for a medication that combines both albuterol and ipratropium. It is a bronchodilator, and comes in liquid form, to be inhaled orally using a nebuliser or inhaler.
How It Works
Basically, the albuterol and ipratropium works together to make you breathe easier; in the event that you are having difficulty breathing, the use of Combivent aims to relax and open your air passages.
Doctors normally prescribe Combivent to patients who are suffering from COPD, which is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that affects the lungs and airways. Proper use of the medication can prevent them from experiencing wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and coughing.
Combivent is only taken by those who have established that their condition cannot be controlled by just one inhaled medication. Examples of COPD are chronic bronchitis, which is the swelling of the air passages that leads to your lungs, and emphysema, which is the damage to the air sacs in the lung area.
There are two medical devices that can administer Combivent into your lungs. One is the nebuliser, which turns the liquid medication into a mist that can be inhaled, and the other is the inhaler whereby the liquid solution is minutely sprayed into your mouth. Generally, you will be advised to take it four times a day. However, it is always best to consult a doctor for proper administration and dosage. Depending on the severity, these may vary. Before using it for the first time, it is preferable that you practice using the inhaler or nebulizer in front of the doctor. Always make sure to use Combivent exactly as instructed and never double dose even if you have missed a dose. Only use the inhaler that came with Combivent. Never use the inhaler with other medication, or Combivent with another inhaler. And clean the medical device regularly.
There are side effects that you may experience once you start taking Combivent. These include headaches, uncontrollable shaking on a part of the body, and nervousness. Should these symptoms persists or become serious, consult your doctor. However, medical attention would be required urgently if you start having the following side effects:
Fast or pounding heartbeat
Swelling on certain parts of your face, throat and limbs
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection
Always be sure to advise your doctor or pharmacist the following before taking Combivent. Are you:
Allergic to albuterol, ipratropium, or any other medications?
Currently taking any sort of prescribed or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or herbal products? Make sure to also list down any antidepressants that you have taken within the past two weeks.
Having or ever had glaucoma, urination issues, a prostate condition, seizures, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, diabetes, or even heart, liver, or kidney disease?
Pregnant or planning to be? Breastfeeding? Medical advice is also required if you become pregnant while taking Combivent.
Due for any surgery?
If you experience wheezing and difficulty in breathing as soon as you have inhaled Combivent, stop using the medication and contact your doctor immediately. In the event that you get the medication into your eyes, you need to seek medical condition as you may develop or worsen an eye problem. You may continue on your normal diet unless advised otherwise by your doctor. For reference and emergency purposes, it is a good practice to keep a track of all your doctor appointments and medications. Do not attempt to suggest this medication to anyone suffering the same condition without medical consultation.