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.
Yes. It is very important to keep your asthma well-controlled during pregnancy. You should take your prescribed inhalers as recommended.
No. Medications do not cause false positive pregnancy tests, unless the medication contains HCG or, rarely, certain antibodies.
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!
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.
Should not. You will find it listed in possible side-effects, but it is quite uncommon and I can think of no reason for this happening.
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.
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.
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.
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.