Compare Atrovent vs. Combivent

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Controls COPD.

First choice inhaler for controlling mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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
  • The nebulizer is available in generic.
  • Available in combination with albuterol in case Atrovent (ipratropium) by itself is not enough to control your symptoms.
  • 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
  • Effects don't last long so it needs to be used multiple times a day.
  • Doesn't work fast enough to be used as a rescue inhaler for COPD attacks.
  • The inhaler is only available in brand name.
  • 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
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
Price
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Reviews
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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
10possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    10%
  • COPD attack
    8%
  • Shortness of breath
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Influenza like symptoms
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    4%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    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
  • Not a rescue inhaler
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • COPD attack
  • Urination problems
    • Benign prostate hyperplasia
    • Urinary neck obstruction
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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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