Compare Combivent vs. ipratropium

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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
Relieves runny nose due to the common cold or allergies.

Atrovent (ipratropium) is a good add-on treatment only when oral allergy medicines and steroid nasal sprays have not worked to control your runny nose, but the effects don't last long.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Won't make you drowsy like other allergy medicines.
  • Atrovent (ipratropium) is generally well tolerated.
  • Available in a cheap, generic form.
  • Safe for use in children age 6 and older (depending on dosage).
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can take 1 to 2 weeks before you start feeling better.
  • The nasal spray should only be used for maximum of 4 days if you have a cold or 3 weeks if you have allergies.
  • Effect doesn't last long so you will need to use it multiple times in a day.
  • Doesn't work directly to target your allergies.
  • Won't work well if you also have a stuffy nose and/or are sneezing.
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Used for
  • Runny nose
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
142 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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8possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Upper lung infection
    10%
  • Bloody nose
    9%
  • Sore throat
    8%
  • Dry nose
    5%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Inflammation and irritation of the nose
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Eye problems
  • Allergic reaction
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