Compare Combivent vs. Theophylline

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Combivent
(ipratropium / albuterol)

Theo-24
(theophylline)

Makes it easier to breathe. Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) is good for people who need 2 medicines to relieve their COPD symptoms, but you need to be okay with taking it four times a day.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol)
63%
of people (All ages) say Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) is worth it
37%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
142 reviews
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Side effects
CombiventTheophylline
  • Bronchitis 12%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 11%
  • Headache 6%
  • Shortness of breath 5%
  • Coughing 4%
  • Pain 3%
  • Respiratory disorders 3%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
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How it works
CombiventTheophylline
Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) is a combination medicine. It contains two bronchodilators (ipratropium and albuterol), which relax muscles in your lungs to open airways and make breathing easier.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CombiventTheophylline
Prescription only
Available as
CombiventTheophylline
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
CombiventTheophylline
  • Asthma Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Induced Asthma Prophylaxis Nocturnal Asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
CombiventTheophylline
    • History of rapid heartbeat
    • History of high blood pressure
    • history of heart failure or chest pain.
    • History of narrow-angle glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • Spraying Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) into eyes
    • History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)
    • History of enlarged prostate
    • History of atropine allergic reaction
    • Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) with drugs that decrease potassium
    • History of low potassium
    • Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) aerosol inhaler
    • History of soybean allergy
    • History of peanut allergy
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Upsides and benefits
    CombiventTheophylline
    • 2-in-1 medicine that opens airways and makes it easier to breathe. Medicines are more effective together than alone.
    • Effectively relieves COPD and asthma symptoms.
    • Respimat formulation has a clear display for dosing, doesn't require shaking, and only needs one inhalation per dose.
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    Downsides and risks
    CombiventTheophylline
    • You have to use Combivent four times a day.
    • Can make your heart race.
    • Can make symptoms of enlarged prostate or urinary blockage worse.
    • Can worsen a certain type of glaucoma.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CombiventTheophylline
    • Starts working in 15 to 30 minutes, and lasts about 4 to 6 hours.
    • Make sure to read the instructions about how to set up your first dose.
    • Clean the mouthpiece with a damp cloth once a week.
    • The inhaler shows you how much medication you have left so you can plan ahead for refills.
    • Don't take it more often or change your dose without talking to your doctor first.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
    • One type of inhaler contains soya lecithin, so don't use if you have soybean, peanut, or allergies to atropine.
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