Combivent Respimat (Ipratropium/Albuterol)

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What is Combivent Respimat prescribed for?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term lung condition that makes it rather difficult to breathe.  There are two types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Emphysema is the result from damage done to your air sacs that has destroyed the inner walls, and causes them to merge as one giant air sac. Therefore, less oxygen gets to your blood because you cannot absorb it as well. It will give you the feelings of shortness of breath. Chronic Bronchitis will show itself through coughing, shortness of breath and mucus that lingers for at least 3 months for 2 years in a row. When you have chronic bronchitis, you lose your cilia. This makes it harder to get rid of mucus, which makes you cough more, which creates more mucus.

This medication is used as a treatment to prevent symptoms such as, wheezing and shortness of breath, caused by ongoing lung diseases, much like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, which includes bronchitis and emphysema. This product contains 2 medications; Ipratropium and Albuterol. Both of these medications work by relaxing muscles around the airways, so that you may breathe more easily, and decrease time lost at work or at school.

This medication comes in a singular dose, which is 20mcg/100mcg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Make sure you prime your inhaler correctly the first time, if you do not know how; follow the instructions given to you. Make sure to prime the inhaler if you are using it for the first time, or if you have not used it for more than 3 days or for more than 21 days. When priming the inhaler, make sure to spray away from the face to avoid getting the medication in the eyes.

Inhale this medication into the mouth, as directed by your doctor.  It is usually taken 4 times a day. Keep in mind that the manufacturer recommends that you do not use more than 6 inhalations in a 24 hour period. Doing so will increase the risk of side effects.

Avoid getting this medication into your eyes. It may cause eye pain/irritation, temporary blurred vision, and other vision changes. Therefore, when using the inhaler, put your lips tightly around the mouthpiece.

Rinse your mouth after using the inhaler to prevent dry mouth and throat irritation. If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to either Ipratropium and Albuterol; or to tiotropium; or to atropine or other belladonna-type drugs; or to levalbuterol; or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following;  high blood pressure, heart disease (such as chest pain, heart attack, irregular heartbeat), personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate), seizure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes.

Headache, dizziness, cough, nausea, dry mouth, shaking (tremors), nervousness, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly. This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: difficult/painful urination, muscle cramps.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, confusion, eye pain/swelling/redness, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night, blurred vision).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What is Combivent Respimat?

Combivent Respimat is a re-made version of the Combivent inhaler. The Combivent Respimat contains two drugs; albuterol and ipratropium. Albuterol is an adrenergic bronchodilator and ipratropium is an anticholinergic bronchodilator. These active ingredients are what make the inhaler therapeutically effective; the respimat contains 20mcg/100mcg.

 

How to use Combivent Respimat?

To use the Combivent Respimat; insert the cartridge into the device then prime the respimat for about 10 seconds by spraying it into the air (three times). Prime the device using only one spray each time the inhaler has not been in use for more than 3 days; if it hasn’t been used in more than 21 days, prime it with 3 sprays. Before putting the mouthpiece to your mouth, exhale deeply. Breathe in deeply and gently while firmly pressing down on the release button; hold your breath for 10 second followed by a slow exhale. Ensure you follow all directions given to you by your doctor.

 

What is Combivent Respimat used for?

The Combivent Respimat 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 Respimat will help ease symptoms caused by these lung disease; symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.

 

Where to buy Combivent Respimat?

With a valid prescription, you can purchase this medication at most pharmacies; however, we offer low affordable prices when you buy Combivent Respimat online at My Drug Center.

 

How many puffs in Combivent Respimat?

Each Combivent respimat contains 120 puffs, each puff containing 20 mcg of ipratropium and 100 mcg of albuterol.

 

Why is Combivent Respimat so expensive?

The Combivent Respimat is considered a tier 4 drug in the United States; tier 4 drugs are considered the more expensive drugs available, compared to tier 1, 2, and 3 drugs. It may be considered a tier 4 drug because it is still a fairly new medication, marketed in the United States only as of 2012. We offer low prices at My Drug Center; with a valid prescription, you can access affordable prices on the Combivent Respimat.

 

Who makes Combivent Respimat?

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

 

How much does Combivent Respimat Cost?

The average retail cost for Combivent Respimat in the United States is quite high. As a tier 4 drug, it will cost patients more than a couple hundred dollars for a single respimat (120 puffs). We offer the brand name Combivent Respimat (120 doses) for $57.00 ($0.48 per puff) at My Drug Center, accessible with a valid prescription.

 

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 and marketed an alternate brand (the Combivent Respimat) to replace the older one. You can still purchase the generic for the Combivent inhaler or the newer Combivent Respimat at My Drug Center.

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