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(Ipratropium / Albuterol)


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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How it works
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
Short-acting bronchodilator
Short-acting bronchodilator
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
    • 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
    Detailed Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    • There are reports of severe allergic reactions in people taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) aerosol inhaler who have allergies to soybean or peanuts. This is because the aerosol contains soya lecithin. Call 911 or your doctor right away if you develop severe rash, itching, swelling or difficulty breathing while taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol). Talk to your doctor about other medication choices to treat your COPD if you know you have food allergies to soybean and/or peanuts.
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    • One of the medications in Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) may increase blood pressure and heart rate, especially if you already have these conditions. Tell your doctor if you notice a tremor, rapid heartbeat, get dizzy or have difficulty sleeping while taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol), you may need to change or stop this medication.
    No specific sleep-related info.
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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