Combivent Respimat is used for the treatment of wheezing, shortness of breath caused due to a disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes bronchitis and emphysema. The medication is a combination of two drugs, both of which are bronchodilators: ipratropium bromide (an anticholinergic) and albuterol (a beta-agonist). Combivent Respimat works by relaxing the muscles around the bronchi (airways in the lungs) and thus helps to ease the breathing problems.
Combivent Respimat comes from Canada and is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. It is available in an aerosol metered dose inhaler with a dose of 20 mcg/100 mcg/4 ml in quantities of 1, 2 and 3 Inhalers.
Stop taking Combivent Respimat and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Abnormal laboratory results for hypokalemia and ketoacidosis
• Allergic reaction
• Blurred vision
• Decreased blood flow to heart leading to chest pain
• Decreased levels of potassium in the body
• Difficulty and pain while urination
• Discomfort and pain in the eyes
• Fast or irregular heartbeat
• Increased eye pressure
• Muscle pain or spasms
• Shortness of breath or heart attack
• Urinating frequently
• Wheezing or difficulties in breathing
Less serious side effects include wheezing after inhalation, dizziness, headache, nausea, digestion problems such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, weakness, muscle pain, weakness, tremors, nervousness, mental disorder, impaired voice sounds, increased sweating, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, throat irritation, cough, dryness in mouth or throat, bad taste in mouth. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Before using Combivent Inhaler, read the instructions for use carefully. You will need to use this inhaler 4 times a day, and each time you use take 1 puff. Take the medication regularly every day and do not stop the therapy suddenly when you feel better. Do not use the medication if are allergic to ipratropium bromide or other anticholinergic drugs, salbutamol or any other components of Combivent Respimat, have fast or irregular heartbeat or have thickened heart muscles due to various conditions, are under 18 years of age. Try avoiding the spray of Combivent Respimat into your eyes. Combivent Respimat can lead to dizziness, difficulty in focusing the eye, dilated pupils and blurred vision. In case you experience these symptoms, you not drive or operate heavy machinery. digitalis (used to treat arrhythmia), other anticholinergic drugs such as ipratropium bromide and beta-agonists such as salbutamol, beta-blockers such as propranolol, xanthine derivatives such as theophylline (used to treat asthma), tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (used to treat depression), monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (used to treat depression), epinephrine, diuretics or water pills such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide. Before using Combivent Respimat inhaler, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or panning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, are under treatment for a thyroid or adrenal gland condition, are under treatment for high blood pressure, angina or any other heart problem, have diabetes, low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia), especially if you are taking drugs called as xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline), steroids to treat asthma, water pills (called as diuretics), have eye problems such as glaucoma, eye pain, are taking any other medications including any eye drops or any non-prescription medicines, have difficulty in passing urine, have enlarged prostate, are allergic to any food or drugs, have a history of seizures, have liver or kidney disease.