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 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.

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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
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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10possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    12%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    11%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Dyspnea
    5%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Respiratory Disorders
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Pharyngitis
    2%
  • Sinusitis
    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 (paradoxical bronchospasm)
  • Heart disease
    • History of rapid heartbeat
    • History of high blood pressure
    • history of heart failure or chest pain.
  • Worsening glaucoma
    • History of narrow-angle glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
  • Eye problems
    • Spraying Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) into eyes
  • Difficulty urinating
    • History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)
    • History of enlarged prostate
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • History of atropine allergic reaction
  • Low potassium
    • Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) with drugs that decrease potassium
    • History of low potassium
  • Food allergies
    • Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) aerosol inhaler
    • History of soybean allergy
    • History of peanut allergy
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