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 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.

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

Upsides

  • 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.
People’s experience with Combivent

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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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

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

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
People’s experience with Combivent

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Side effect rates for Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol)

From 358 clinical trials of Combivent when taken for copd (ipratropium bromide 36 mcg/albuterol sulfate 206 mcg qi)
  • Bronchitis
    12%12%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    11%11%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Dyspnea
    5%5%
  • Coughing
    4%4%
  • Pain
    3%3%
  • Respiratory Disorders
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    2%2%
  • Pharyngitis
    2%2%
  • Sinusitis
    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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  • There are reports of difficulty breathing (bronchospasm) after inhaling Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol). Call 911 or your doctor right away if a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler does not stop the attack. Talk to you doctor if your symptoms worsen while taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol), you may need to discuss other medication options that will treat your condition.

Pharmacist Q&A

Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, who use a rescue inhaler regularly but continue to feel short of breath.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, who use a rescue inhaler regularly but continue to feel short of breath.

Common concerns from people taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Combivent
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