Compare albuterol vs. Combivent

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Makes it easier to breathe.

ProAir HFA (albuterol) acts quickly to stop asthma attacks and help you breathe easier. However, it is not used for long-term treatment and prevention of asthma since its effects don't last long.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 535 reviewsforalbuterol
Makes it easier to breathe.

Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) is effective for people who need 2 medications to control their COPD symptoms, but has to be used 4 times a day.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 142 reviewsforCombivent
Upsides
  • Works quickly to relieve symptoms of asthma.
  • Helps prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise.
  • The metered-dose inhaler is small enough to carry around making it convenient to use when needed.
  • ProAir HFA (albuterol) is also available in the form of tablets and liquid.
  • The inhaler is safe to be used in children age 4 or older.
  • Effectively relieves symptoms of COPD.
  • The Respimat inhaler doesn't require shaking before use, and only 1 inhalation per dose is needed.
  • The nebulizer solution comes in a generic form and is much cheaper than the inhaler.
Downsides
  • ProAir HFA (albuterol) is only used for quick relief of asthma attacks and not for long-term treatment.
  • No generic form of the inhaler is available so it can be expensive for those without insurance.
  • Can cause your heart to beat faster, which is an uncomfortable side effect. Might not be a good option for those with heart problems since the medicine can raise your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Mouthpiece of the inhaler should be cleaned at least once a week so that it can continue to work properly.
  • Children might find the inhaler difficult to use.
  • No generic form of the inhaler is currently available, so it can be very expensive for people without insurance.
  • Can make your heart beat faster, which is an uncomfortable side effect. Might not be a good option for those with heart problems since the medicine can raise your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Can raise eye pressure and worsen symptoms for people who have a certain type of glaucoma.
  • Can cause problems with urinating, so might not be appropriate for those with an enlarged prostate.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
Price
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Reviews
535 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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142 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Tremor
    24%
  • Headache
    19%
  • Nervousness
    9%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    4%
  • Increased heart rate
    3%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%
  • Abnormal heartbeat
    2%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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11possible side effects
  • Lung disease
    6%
  • Common cold symptoms
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Inflammation of lung airways
    3%
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
    3%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Worsening of asthma attack
    • Using a new canister of ProAir HFA (albuterol) for the first time
  • Frequent use of ProAir HFA (albuterol)
  • Effects on heart
    • Using ProAir HFA (albuterol) at more than the recommended doses
    • People with heart problems and/or an overactive thyroid
  • Life-threatening effects
    • Using ProAir HFA (albuterol) at more than the recommended doses
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Lowered potassium levels in blood
    • Taking medications that lower potassium such as certain diuretics
    • History of low potassium levels
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  • Sudden-onset difficulty breathing
  • Effects on heart
    • Using more Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) than recommended
    • People with heart problems
    • People with high blood pressure
    • People with an overactive thyroid
  • Effects on eyes
    • People with a history of narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Difficulty urinating
    • People with a history of urinary blockage
    • People with an enlarged prostate
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Life-threatening effects
    • Using more Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) than recommended
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