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What is Combivent prescribed for?

This medication is used to control and prevent symptoms caused by asthma or ongoing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that cause obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms consist of: breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and a variety of other conditions.  It is estimated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD, and as many as half are unaware that they have it. Medications, supplemental oxygen therapy, and surgery are some forms of treatment and generally improve quality of life.

You can buy generic of Combivent online at My Drug Center.


How does Combivent work?

Combivent contains a combination of Albuterol/Ipratropium dosage to prevent flare-ups or worsening of COPD symptoms. Albuterol and Ipratropium work in different ways, but they both cause the muscles of the airways to relax. Albuterol is a beta-2 agonist type bronchodilator that stimulates beta-2 receptors on the smooth muscle cells that line the airways, causing these muscle cells to relax and thereby opening airways. When the muscles relax in the airway, it improves airflow to the lungs.

Before taking your prescribed Ipratropium/Albuterol dosage, read the label and medication guide or instruction sheet that was provided by your pharmacist. Use the medication exactly as directed. 

Rinse and gargle with water to help prevent infections in the mouth after using the inhaler. Never swallow the rinse water. If you have multiple inhalers allow at least a minute between medications taking care to rinse in between. 

Make sure you take Combivent or Ipratropium/Albuterol generic at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. The Ipratropium/Albuterol dosage should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.

If you miss an Advair Diskus dosage, skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.


This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Combivent. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to high blood pressure, bone loss, heart diease, overactive thyroid, diabetes, eye problems, seizures, liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with the prescribed Combivent dosage.

Never attempt to take apart the Combivent inhaler in order to clean it. Keep the device closed when not being used. 

While taking Combivent, your body may not show signs of infection. Washing your hands and practising good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infections or other diseases.

Side Effects

Combivent side effects are:

Upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, yeast infections of the mouth or throat (oral thrush), sore throat, dry mouth/nose/throat, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, sore throat, hoarseness or deepened voice, and musculoskeletal pain.

If any side effects of Ipratropium/Albuterol become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing the side effects. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Combivent?

Combivent is an inhaler containing two drugs; both are bronchodilators. These active ingredients are what make the inhaler therapeutically effective; the inhaler contains 20mcg/100mcg. This medication can be purchased as a generic alternative, sold as ipratropium/albuterol inhaler.


Combivent is a combination drug including which agents?

The combination of drugs includes albuterol and ipratropium. Albuterol is an adrenergic bronchodilator and ipratropium is an anticholinergic bronchodilator.


What is Combivent used for?

The Combivent inhaler is used for the treatment and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This includes conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. Using the Combivent inhaler will help ease symptoms caused by these lung diseases; symptoms may include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.


Where can I buy Combivent?

The brand Combivent is no longer marketed as it was discontinued in 2013, however, you can purchase the generic Combivent inhaler, which is sold as ipratropium/albuterol inhaler, with a valid prescription at My Drug Center.


Who makes Combivent inhaler?

The Combivent inhaler was made by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.


How to use Combivent inhaler?

To use the Combivent inhaler; attach the canister to the device then shake the inhaler for about 10 seconds before test spraying it into the air (three times). Do this each time the inhaler has not been in use for more than 24 hours. Before putting the mouthpiece to your mouth, exhale deeply. Breathe in deeply and gently while firmly pressing down on the canister; hold your breath for 10 second, following with a slow exhale. Wait 1-2 minutes before taking a second dose, if required. Ensure you follow all directions given to you by your doctor.


What is the difference between Combivent and Combivent Respimat?

The main difference between the two is the device; the Combivent inhaler contains CFCs; a substance used as a propellant to move the medicine out of the inhaler and into the lungs. The Combivent Respimat is propellant free; it converts medicine from liquid form into a mist using a compressed spring located inside the device. As of 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals discontinued the brand Combivent to market a newer alternate brand, now sold as the Combivent Respimat. You can still purchase the generic Combivent inhaler (ipratropium/albuterol inhaler) as well as the newer Combivent Respimat at My Drug Center.

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