What is Combivent Respimat prescribed for?
Combivent Respimat is used for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including bronchitis and emphysema. It contains ipratropium and albuterol (salbutamol) which work by relaxing and widening the muscles around the airways in the lungs hence helps you to breathe more easily. Like any other medicines, Combivent Respimat should be used as directed by a qualified physician. You can also check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. In case you have any questions or where you do not understand the instructions on the leaflet, you should contact your doctor for clarification so as to avoid mistakes. You should prepare the inhaler as directed by your doctor and where you are not sure, contact your health provider.
How does Combivent Respimat work?
The dosage will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment but it is generally recommended that you don’t take more than 12 inhalations in a 24- hour period. However, Combivent Respimat should not be taken in certain conditions since it may change how this medication works and also increase your risk of side effects. It is thus important to inform your doctor / pharmacist if you have any such conditions before using this medicine.
These conditions among others include:
- It should not be used by pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding.
- In case you are allergic to any ingredient in Combivent Respimat or other similar medicines.
- If you have a history of high blood pressure, blood vessels problems or low blood potassium levels.
- If you have asthma, lung problems or breathing problems.
- In case you have thyroid problems, seizures, liver or kidney problems or diabetes.
What are the potential side effects of Combivent Respimat?
It is important to note that Combivent Respimat spray is for use in the mouth only, avoid contact with your eyes as this might cause pain, redness, blurred vision, irritation, and general discomfort. In case you get it in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool clean water and see a doctor in case you develop the aforementioned effects. After use, you should rinse your mouth to prevent dry mouth and throat irritation. The common side effects of this medicine include headache, dizziness, nausea, nervousness and shaking. You should inform your doctor in case any of these persist. There are also serious side effects though they rarely occur, these include raise in blood pressure, muscle cramps, chest pain, irregular heartbeat and painful urination. These serious side effects need immediate medical attention, inform your doctor right away. That said, the benefits of Combivent Respimat outweigh the risk of side effects.
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