What is Combivent nebulizer?Chemical Name: Ipratropium Bromide(i-pra-TROE-pee-um BROE-mide) and Albuterol (al-BYOO-ter-ole)
Combivent Nebules (Ipratropium/Salbutamol)
Combivent is a combination of 2 drugs that are used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. The 2 drugs, salbutamol, and ipratropium, both belong to the family of bronchodilators. This means that both drugs act on the smooth muscles of the bronchi in the lungs in their own unique ways and cause them to dilate and relax. This results in an easier flow of breath through our respiratory tree. Thus, Combivent nebule can be used through the Combivent nebulizer to relieve the symptoms associated with conditions mentioned above, especially difficulty in breathing.
Combivent is available in the market under different brand names by different companies. You can buy Combivent nebulizer along with the Combivent nebules from Canada Pharmacy.
The active ingredients are:
- Ipratropium bromide 0.50mg
- Salbutamol sulphate 2.5mg
Inactive ingredient: 2.5ml isotonic preservative-free solution
Combivent nebule is made to be taken with a nebulizer. A nebulizer is a machine which pumps metered dosage into the lungs through a mask or mouthpiece. The usual dose is 1 vial of Combivent nebule 3 to 4 times a day. Each vial can be only used once and then discarded.
The dose of Combivent will vary from patient to patient. Your physician will prescribe a dose suited for you. Do not ever increase, decrease, alter or stop the medication without consulting your doctor. Even after your respiratory symptoms disappear, do not stop the medication unless directed by your physician.
Before starting treatment with Combivent, consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions.
- Allergy to salbutamol or ipratropium
- Allergy to atropine or related medication
- Abnormal heart rhythms (tachyarrhythmias)
- Heart disease (cardiomyopathies)
The side effects listed below may be experienced when taking Combivent. Refer to your doctor immediately on the appearance of these side effects.
- Change in taste sensation
- Common cold
- Dry mouth
- Throat irritation
- Voice changes
- Change in blood pressure
- Difficult or painful urination
- Feeling nervous
- Muscle pain, weakness or spasms
- Severe dizziness
- Symptoms of glaucoma like blurred vision, red eyes, eye pain or discomfort, seeing halos of bright colors
- Symptoms of respiratory infection like shortness of breath, cough, chest pain
- Wheezing after inhalation
Product Code: 10534
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
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.