albuterol and ipratropium (inhalation) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using albuterol and ipratropium inhalation (Combivent, Combivent Respimat, DuoNeb)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin), ipratropium (Atrovent), or atropine (Atreza, Lomotil, Vi-Atro, Sal-Tropine). Do not use Combivent if you are allergic to soybeans, peanuts, or other food products that contain soya lecithin.
To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor about your other medical conditions, especially:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether albuterol and ipratropium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.
How should I use albuterol and ipratropium inhalation (Combivent, Combivent Respimat, DuoNeb)?
Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Overuse of this medicine may increase the risk of death. It is critical that you use only the prescribed dose of this medicine.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device. Duoneb,Combivent, and Combivent Respimat have different patient instructions. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
To use the inhaler (Combivent or Combivent Respimat):
To use the solution with a nebulizer (Duoneb):
Keep track of the number of sprays you have used.
Seek medical attention if you think this medication is not working as well as usual.
While using albuterol and ipratropium, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.
Use albuterol and ipratropium regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each Duoneb vial in its foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Do not store Combivent in your car on hot days. Extreme heat can cause the medicine canister to burst. Do not throw an empty canister into open flame.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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