DuoNeb (Ipratropium/Albuterol)

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What is DuoNeb (Ipratropium/Albuterol) prescribed for?

This medication is used as a treatment for an ongoing lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which also includes other diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema. It is used to prevent symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

This product is a combination of 2 medications, which are: Ipratropium and Albuterol. Both of these medications, even when combined, work to relax your muscles around the airways so that they may open up and then you can breathe much easier. By controlling these symptoms you can regain a sense of stability and decrease your time lost at work or at school.

This medication comes in a singular dose of 0.5mg/2.5mg. Also keep in mind that this medication is known as Combivent UDV on an international level. 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.

This medication is used with a device known as a nebulizer, and it changes the solution into a fine mist, in which you may inhale. Learn how to care for the nebulizer and how to prepare it for use and use it properly.

The product should be clear and colorless. Before using it, check the medication for any visual particles or discolorations.  If any is present, do not use the liquid.

Inhale the mediation into your lungs by using the nebulizer; this is usually taken 4 times a day. It is recommended that you use a mouthpiece rather than a face mask with the nebulizer, or that you may close your eyes during use.  Since getting this medication into your eyes may cause eye pain and irritation, temporary blurred vision, and other vision changes. To prevent infections, clean the nebulizer according the manufacturer’s directions.

Rinse your mouth out after treatment to avoid getting dry mouth and throat irritations.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to ipratropium or albuterol (salbutamol); 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, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: 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.

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Headache, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, shaking (tremors), nervousness, or constipation. It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

However, seek medical attention right away if you are experiencing any of the following; difficult/painful urination, muscle cramps.

Get medical help right away if you have any serious side effects, including: 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).

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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