| Combivent |
This medication is used to treat lung disease (bronchitis or emphysema).
- Do not share this inhaler with anyone else.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture.
- Exposure to temperatures above 120 degrees F may cause bursting.
Combivent® inhalation aerosol
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Make sure you understand how to use the inhaler properly.
- Shake the canister well before use.
- After exhaling, place your lips around the inhaler mouthpiece.
- Depress the spray and inhale deeply.
- Hold your breath as long as it is comfortable in order to allow the medicine to be absorbed in the lungs.
- When more than one inhalation is prescribed, wait at least one minute between puffs.
- Use this medication as directed.
- Do not increase your dose or use this more frequently than directed.
- Excessive use may lead to a loss of effectiveness while increasing the chance for side effects.
- Do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor.
- If you find yourself using this more than usual, or your symptoms do not improve or worsen after using this, contact your doctor immediately.
- Headache, nausea, coughing, dry mouth or sinus congestion may occur.
- If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if vision problems, eye pain or red eyes occur.
- These problems could occur if the spray gets into the eyes.
- Also, uncommon effects include palpitations or irregular heart beat, chest pain or change in sputum color (infection).
- Very unlikely but report dizziness, nervousness, hair loss, fever or coordination problems.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history especially of heart, liver or kidney diseases, high blood pressure, narrow-angle glaucoma, prostate enlargement or bladder problems, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes or any allergies (including soy products or peanuts).
- Avoid spraying the medicine (mist) into the eye area.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether this drug is excreted into human milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription medication you may use including all asthma drugs, blood pressure or chest pain medications, beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), levodopa, digoxin, certain antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, doxepin), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), ritodrine, other "adrenalin" drugs, thyroid drugs, caffeine, antihistamines (often found in cough/cold preparations), antispasmodics (e.g., atropine, clidinium, propantheline) of drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease and diuretic use (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide).
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.