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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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COMBIVENT is a metered dose inhaler indicated for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is recommended for patients that are on a regular aerosol bronchodilator who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm and who require a second bronchodilator.
COMBIVENT is a short-acting bronchodilator that provides two different medications - ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate. Together, these medications help prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing caused by COPD. It works by relaxing and opening up the air passages to the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
The dosing of COMBIVENT is usually individualized, but is generally recommended to take two inhalations four times a day. Take this medication as exactly prescribed by your doctor. Patients may take additional inhalations as require but, the total number of inhalations should not exceed 12 in 24 hours.
Before inhaling, shake the medication well. This is important for proper product performance. Do it before every spray. If you are using COMBIVENT for the first time or the aerosol has not been used for over 24 hours, shake the medication for at least 10 seconds and "test spray" into the air three times. It is important not to change/alter your without consulting your healthcare professional.
Not all medications work effectively for everybody so it is important to speak to your doctor about any health conditions such as the following:
All medication has side effects which may vary from serious to mild. It is strongly recommended to stop using COMBIVENT and get immediate emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction including hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using COMBIVENT and contact your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any of the noted serious side effects: