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Ipratropium and Albuterol
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Ipratropium and Albuterol Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Combivent®; DuoNeb®

Canadian Brand Names

CO Ipra-Sal; Combivent UDV; Gen-Combo Sterinebs; ratio-Ipra Sal UDV

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Anticholinergic Agent; Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to ipratropium, albuterol, or any other part of this medicine.

• If you are allergic to soya lecithin or similar food products such as soybeans or peanuts, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Ipratropium and albuterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and improve oxygen delivery.

How is it best taken?

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider.

• For inhaling (puffing) only by an inhaler or as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.

• Shake inhaler for 10 seconds before use.

• Prepare inhaler before first use or whenever inhaler has not been used for more than 2 weeks. Spray 4 test sprays into the air.

• Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using the inhaler the right way is very important.

• A spacer can be used with the inhaler for easier delivery.

• If you are using more than one type of inhaler, ask healthcare provider which inhaler to use first.

• Rinse out mouth after each use.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Throw away inhaler after the recommended maximum number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more medicine in the canister.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 13:19:59.0

Modified: 2010-03-17 10:54:39.0

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