Combivent is a brand name version of the prescription medication that combines ipratropium and albuterol. Combivent is primarily used to treat asthma and it can also be used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis, and other lung conditions. The side effects of Combivent, or ipratropium and albuterol, include leg cramps, nausea, and pain during urination.
Combivent helps to relieve wheezing and breathing problems associated with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, and emphysema. It can be taken in the form of a nebulizer or an inhaler. According to the National Institutes of Health, the typical prescription calls for four doses of two puffs each per day. People with certain allergies or medical conditions may not be prescribed Combivent; tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, or a prostate condition.
The UK National Health Service reports that the most common side effect of Combivent is dry mouth. Other side effects of Combivent can include nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, pain during urination or difficulty urinating, headache, dizziness, and an altered sense of taste. These side effects are not highly common, but if they last for weeks or get worse over time, they should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
Certain side effects of Combivent, or ipratropium and albuterol, can be more severe or indicative of a serious reaction. According to the Mayo Clinic, concerning side effects of Combivent most frequently include flu-like symptoms, ear or nose congestion, a mucus-producing cough, and aches or cramps throughout the body. Increased wheezing or hoarseness, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and difficulty swallowing are also potentially serious side effects of Combivent. Seek medical attention if you experience any serious side effects or if you experience hives, itching, or difficulty breathing as these are the signature of an allergic reaction.
Combivent or its components ipratropium or albuterol can also interact with certain other drugs or substances. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that certain diuretics, MAO inhibitors, blood pressure medications, and other inhalers can interact with Combivent. Let your doctor know about any other drugs you are taking before using Combivent.
Combivent is a combination of ipratropium and albuterol, an inhaled medication that treats asthma and other lung conditions. The most common side effects of Combivent include dry mouth, nausea, and headache. Before use, talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you have and about any other drugs you are taking. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any serious side effects of Combivent.
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