Combivent

(ipratropium / albuterol)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 142 reviewsforCombivent
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Makes it easier to breathe.

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Our bottom line

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.

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Quick facts about Combivent
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ipratropium / albuterol)

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.
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People’s experience with Combivent

142reviews so far. What do you think?

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.
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How it works

Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) is a combination medicine. It contains 2 bronchodilators (ipratropium and albuterol), which relax the muscles in your lungs to open up the airways and make breathing easier.

Quick facts about Combivent
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ipratropium / albuterol)

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
People’s experience with Combivent

142reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) for COPD

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  • Possible side effects
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Inflammation of lung airways
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
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Side effect rates for Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol)

From 486 clinical trials of Combivent when taken for copd
  • Lung disease
    6%6%
  • Common cold symptoms
    4%4%
  • Sore throat
    4%4%
  • Cough
    3%3%
  • Headache
    3%3%
  • Inflammation of lung airways
    3%3%
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
    3%3%
  • Chest pain
    3%3%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
  • Inflammation of lung airways
    2%2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Combivent.

Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol)
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Risks and Warnings for Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol)

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  • A very small number of people may experience difficulty breathing right after using Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol). Call 911 or your doctor right away if a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler does not improve your breathing. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms get worse over time while using Combivent (ipratropium / albuterol) so that you can discuss other medications that can help treat your condition.