Frequently asked questions about COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Whether you’re new to COMBIVENT RESPIMAT or have been taking it for a while, you may have some questions. You’re not alone. Here are some common things people want to know.

  • What is COMBIVENT RESPIMAT?

    COMBIVENT RESPIMAT is a bronchodilator. The term “bronchodilator” simply means a medicine that opens (dilates) your airways (bronchi). It delivers 2 different medicines, ipratropium bromide and albuterol, in a single inhaler. Working together, these 2 medicines do more to open airways than either medicine can do on its own.

    How do I use my inhaler?

    Watch a how-to-use video for easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. You can refer back to this tool whenever you need it.

    How often can I take COMBIVENT RESPIMAT?

    The recommended dose is 1 inhalation 4 times a day.

    Not to exceed 6 inhalations in 24 hours. Follow directions from your doctor.

    Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much. Seek immediate medical attention if your treatment with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT becomes less effective for symptomatic relief, your symptoms become worse, and/or you need to use the product more frequently than usual.

    How does COMBIVENT RESPIMAT work?

    COMBIVENT RESPIMAT relaxes the muscles in your airways to help open them. And when used 4 times a day, every day, it helps keep them open.

    Not to exceed 6 inhalations in 24 hours. Follow directions from your doctor.

    Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much. Seek immediate medical attention if your treatment with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT becomes less effective for symptomatic relief, your symptoms become worse, and/or you need to use the product more frequently than usual.

    Can I get help paying for COMBIVENT RESPIMAT?

    You may be able to get help paying for prescriptions with the COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Savings Card Program. If you qualify, you can pay as little as $10 for your next 6 COMBIVENT RESPIMAT prescriptions.*

    *eligibility rules apply

    How soon does COMBIVENT RESPIMAT start to work?

    For many people, COMBIVENT RESPIMAT starts working 15 minutes after taking a dose.

    How do I care for the inhaler?

    Clean the mouthpiece, including the metal part inside the mouthpiece, with a damp cloth or tissue only, at least 1 time a week. Any minor discoloration in the mouthpiece does not affect your COMBIVENT RESPIMAT inhaler. If the outside of your COMBIVENT RESPIMAT inhaler gets dirty, wipe it with a damp cloth.

    How do I store the inhaler?

    Store COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at room temperature from 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Do not freeze your COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge and inhaler. Keep your COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge and inhaler out of the reach of children.

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Indication for Use and Important Safety Information

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is indicated for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on a regular aerosol bronchodilator (inhaler) who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm (airway narrowing) and who require a second bronchodilator.

Important Safety Information

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in COMBIVENT RESPIMAT or to atropine or other similar drugs.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause the narrowing of the airways to get worse (paradoxical bronchospasm) which may be life threatening. If this happens, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause serious heart-related side effects, such as palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, tremor, or nervousness. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may increase eye pressure which may cause or worsen some types of glaucoma.

Do not get the spray into your eyes.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may cause difficulty with urination.

If you have vision changes or eye pain or if you have difficulty with urination, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT and call your doctor right away.

Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT. Should you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much. Seek immediate medical attention if your treatment with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT becomes less effective for symptomatic relief, your symptoms become worse, and/or you need to use the product more frequently than usual.

Allergic reactions may occur, including itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (involving difficulty in breathing or swallowing), rash, hives, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or anaphylaxis. Some of these may be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, especially if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, prostate or urinary problems, a history of heart conditions (such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure), seizures, thyroid disorder, diabetes, low potassium levels, or kidney or liver disease. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, especially heart medications or drugs to treat depression.

The most common side effects reported with use of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT include infection of the ears, nose, and throat, runny nose, cough, bronchitis, headache, and shortness of breath.

Click here for full Prescribing Information and Patient Instructions for Use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Indication for Use and Important Safety Information

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is indicated for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on a regular aerosol bronchodilator (inhaler) who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm (airway narrowing) and who require a second bronchodilator.

Important Safety Information

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in COMBIVENT RESPIMAT or to atropine or other similar drugs.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause the narrowing of the airways to get worse (paradoxical bronchospasm) which may be life threatening. If this happens, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause serious heart-related side effects, such as palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, tremor, or nervousness. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may increase eye pressure which may cause or worsen some types of glaucoma.

Do not get the spray into your eyes.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may cause difficulty with urination.

If you have vision changes or eye pain or if you have difficulty with urination, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT and call your doctor right away.

Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT. Should you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much. Seek immediate medical attention if your treatment with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT becomes less effective for symptomatic relief, your symptoms become worse, and/or you need to use the product more frequently than usual.

Allergic reactions may occur, including itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (involving difficulty in breathing or swallowing), rash, hives, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or anaphylaxis. Some of these may be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, especially if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, prostate or urinary problems, a history of heart conditions (such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure), seizures, thyroid disorder, diabetes, low potassium levels, or kidney or liver disease. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, especially heart medications or drugs to treat depression.

The most common side effects reported with use of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT include infection of the ears, nose, and throat, runny nose, cough, bronchitis, headache, and shortness of breath.

Click here for full Prescribing Information and Patient Instructions for Use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.