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Generic Combivent is used as an inhaled medication to prevent bronchospasm in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are also using other medicines to control their condition. The active ingredients of Generic Combivent, albuterol and ipratropium are bronchodilators that relax muscles in the airways and increase air flow to the lungs.
How to take
Use Generic Combivent exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Generic Combivent comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
To use the inhaler (Generic Combivent):
- Shake the canister vigorously for at least 10 seconds before each spray.
- Uncap the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Breathe out fully. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips. Keep your eyes closed to prevent spraying any medicine into your eyes. Breathe in slowly while pushing down on the canister. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
- If you use more than one inhalation at a time, wait at least 2 minutes before using the second inhalation.
- Keep your Generic Combivent inhaler clean and dry, and store it with the cap on the mouthpiece. Clean your inhaler once a week by removing the canister and placing the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Allow the parts to dry before putting the inhaler back together.
Call your doctor right away if any of your medications do not seem to work as well in preventing attacks.
Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Combivent : hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Generic Combivent and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of Generic Combivent ;
- chest pain and fast, pounding, or uneven heart beats;
- swelling of your ankles or feet;
- vision problems, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- pain or burning with urination; or
- increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure).
Less serious Generic Combivent side effects may include:
- hoarse voice, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose;
- constipation, diarrhea;
- nausea, upset stomach;
- headache; or
- leg cramps.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
You should not use Generic Combivent if you are allergic to albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin), ipratropium (Atrovent), or atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine). Do not use Combivent if you are allergic to soybeans, peanuts, or other food products that contain soya lecithin.
Before you use Generic Combivent, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, a heart rhythm disorder, seizures, diabetes, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, urination problems, liver disease, or kidney disease.
Avoid getting Generic Combivent in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse the eyes with water and seek medical attention. This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine), belladonna (Donnatal, and others), Generic Dramamine (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm Scop);
- bronchodilators such as Generic Ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva);
- clidinium (Quarzan);
- glycopyrrolate (Robinul);
- hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others);
- dicyclomine (Bentyl);
- mepenzolate (Cantil);
- methantheline (Provocholine);
- bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Generic Ditropan, Generic Oxytrol), tolterodine (Generic Detrol), or Generic Solifenacin (Generic VESIcare);
- irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl) or propantheline (Pro Banthine);
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), metoprolol (Lopressor), propranolol (Inderal), and others;
- a diuretic (water pill);
- an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate);
- a stimulant, ADHD medication, diet pills, or over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines; or
- medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease such as benztropine (Cogentin), orphenadrine (Norflex), trihexyphenidyl (Artane, Trihexane), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Combivent.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Store Generic Combivent at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Extreme heat can cause the medicine canister to burst. Do not store it in your car on hot days. Do not throw an empty canister into open flame.
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