NO. Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) is an inhaler that contains a combination of salbutamol and ipratroprium bromide. It is approved for use in copd. There is no safety data for children under 12, and hence should not be used in a child that is age 4. There are many safe alternatives that are approved for use in young children, talk with your doctor.
Where can I get a free sample for Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler just to try it out a few days?
Ask your doctor. Ask your doctor.
Why do you need it? Also, I don't think combivent is sampled anymore...it is an old drug.
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.
Yes. The inhaler that you use has albuterol and ipatroprium. These help to open the airwarys and minimize secretions. The vehicle in the spray can be irritating to the back of the throat. You may want to ask for a spacer.
No. Medications do not cause false positive pregnancy tests, unless the medication contains HCG or, rarely, certain antibodies.
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.
Asthma. It is commonly used for asthma and COPD exacerbations as a rapid bronchodilator.
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.
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!