Combivent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol(Salbutamol Sulfate))

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Combivent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol(Salbutamol Sulfate))



Combivent Inhaler is a prescription drug. It is an oral inhaler aerosol. Its use is to prevent symptoms of COPD. Moreover also used for treating Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. Combivent Inhaler has been discontinued globally as it contains CFCs. Instead, CombiventRespimat is ideally used.

How It Works

Combivent Inhaler contains a combination of 2 drugs, i.e. Ipratropium Bromide and Albuterol. Albuterol is also known as Salbutamol Sulfate. Both the medicines belong to a class of medications called bronchodilators. On oral inhalation, it reaches the lungs and helps to relax the contracted muscles around the airways. Once the muscles are relaxed, the airways expand, and it becomes easier to breathe. The airflow to the lungs increases. This is how Combivent Inhaler helps to control bronchospasm. Wheezing, coughing, chest discomfort and other problems are under control when using this drug, likewise.


Combivent Inhaler device has been discontinued as it contains CFCs. Instead, to deliver the medicine into the lungs, Respimat Inhaler device is used. So the below dosage is for Combivent medicine using Respimat Inhalation device.

  • It is not under recommendation for children below 18 years.
  • Adult Dosage:
  • 1 inhalation 4 times a day.
  • 1 inhalation contains 20 mcg Ipratropium Bromide and 100 mcg Albuterol.
  • Maximum 6 inhalations in 24 hours, consequently.

Common Side Effects

  • Serious Side Effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Symptoms are, for instance:
  1. Hives
  2. Rash
  3. Trouble Breathing
  4. Swelling of face, mouth, lips, tongue and throat likewise
  • Breathing Problems: Symptoms are, for instance:
  1. Wheezing
  2. Choking
  • Chest pain
  • Pounding Heartbeat
  • Tremors
  • Nervousness
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred Vision
  • Swelling of ankles and feet
  • Painful urination
  • Increased Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle pain
  • Constipation
  • Numbness and weakness
  • Common Side Effects:
  • Cold
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Breathing problems

These are some side effects of Combivent. However, if you face any symptoms, call for immediate medical help.

How to Take This Medication

  • Please take it as and when prescribed by the doctor.
  • Read the instructions and directions carefully.
  • How to use the inhaler:
  • No need to shake it before use.
  • Open the cap.
  • Breathe out.
  • Put the mouthpiece inside your mouth and lock your lips around it.
  • Breathe inside in a slow manner
  • Press the knob to release the medicine.
  • Try holding breathing (ten secs)
  • Remove the mouthpiece and in a slow manner exhale simultaneously.
  • Shut lid.
  • Keep track of the doses left.
  • Throw it after 3 months or 120 doses whichever if first, likewise.
  • Please keep it away from fire, consequently.
  • If you miss a dose, however, don’t take 2 doses together.
  • If you overdose, get immediate help, above all.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Don’t take Combivent Inhaler (Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)) if you have/are, for instance:
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Inform your doctor if you have/are, for instance:
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart Problems
  • Seizure
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid Disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver or Kidney problems
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Problems while urinating
  • Pregnant or planning to Get Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Going to have surgery, moreover
  • Taking other medication, above all
  • Keep away from fire, certainly
  • It is moreover not under recommendation for minors below 18 years.
  • However, overuse may increase the risk of death. Take the prescribed dosage only, likewise.
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Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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