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Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Unknown. Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term.
Equivalent. Combivent contains both albuterol and ipratropium. In copd, albuterol and ipratropium are equivalent in terms of therapeutic effect. There is no advantage of adding one to the other. The reason to combine them was to use a lower dose of albuterol thus reducing the side effects of albuterol (tremor, palpitation, jitteriness).
See below. The short acting inhalers are more for acute shortness of breath. Neither really do anything for COPD - they just help your breathing acutely. Both work ok for this.

Wilson Is there a rescue inhaler to replace Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) that doesn't cost $375.00?

Yes, but also pricey. Unfortunately all inhalers are now expensive since manufacturers were able to start re-patenting generics due to new restrictions on inert ingredients in the devices. For COPD, Atrovent (ipratropium) is effective. Ventolin or ProAir (albuterol), although better for asthma, are effective as well in COPD especially if you are on a long-acting controller such as Spiriva or Tudorza.

I have recently started Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) (4x/day) for asthma. Is this to be used as a rescue inhaler or do I use my ventolin inhaler or both?

Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) Typically Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) (which has both ipratropium and albuterol) is reserved for patients with COPD whereas albuterol alone is for typical asthmatics. Of course, every patient is different and we treat each patient differently. If you are unsure, call the doctor that prescribed for the best and surest answer to this question.
Rescue. Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) is a rescue inhaler and contains both albuterol and ipatropium (an anti-cholinergic). It should not be used with albuterol unless you intend to double up on the albuterol dose. You should not use Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) solely for asthma control and in fact your asthma may get worse with using it alone. I think you will to see an allergist or pulmonologist to get you on the right path.

Was not taking ANYTHING for COPD Last year, now I need Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) or A/A neb tx every 4 hours around clock. Drs don't know why. Moved to new apt 2/14?

Acute vs. Permanent. Do you have Baseline Pulmonary Function Test results from previous years. If there is significant Decrease in FEV1 then you will no that this real otherwise an acute exacerbation such as upper respiratory viral illness might worsen your short term Inhaler requirements as well. See your pulmonologist t address these questions.
See below. Based on what you listed, sounds like you need to be evaluated and potentially have a few tests done. You also likely need to be on a maintenance medication. Depending on what state you are in, I would be happy to do a second opinion with you.

Is it possible for Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler affect a pregnancy test?

No. Medications do not cause false positive pregnancy tests, unless the medication contains HCG or, rarely, certain antibodies.

Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes. It is very important to keep your asthma well-controlled during pregnancy. You should take your prescribed inhalers as recommended.
Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) Pregnancy class c so the benefits have to outweigh the risks. Speaking with your ob/gyn and lung specialist would be the best way to determine if this is the safest medication for you.

I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

Yes... This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke!

When taking a new prescription for combivent (albuterol and ipratropium), (albuterol and ipratropium) do I dc my advair or take them both? Have been unable to reach the prescribing doc and need to start combivent (albuterol and ipratropium).

Ok. The drugs are in different classes of medication. Usually patients take Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) as a rescue inhaler along with their adviar (their maintenance inhaler).
See below. Do not stop your advair. The combivent is what is referred to as a rescue inhaler. This is taken only when needed. Continue the advair and use combivent if you have acute shortness of breath. Continue to try and get in touch with your doctor.