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Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Combivent is more popular than other beta agonist/anticholinergic combinations. There are currently no generic alternatives to Combivent.
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Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. If your breathing gets worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away. Do not stop using your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
You may get dizzy or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Body aches or pain
cough producing mucus
difficulty with breathing
loss of voice
tightness in the chest
unusual tiredness or weakness
bloody or cloudy urine
burning while urinating burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
difficult, burning, or painful urination
fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
muscle aches and pains
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
pounding in the ears
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
Skin rash or hives
swelling of the face, lips, eyelids, mouth, or throat
Incidence not known
decrease in the frequency of urination
decrease in urine volume
difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
redness of the skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
change in taste
difficulty with moving
muscle pain or stiffness
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
Incidence not known
Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of the eye)
change in near or distance vision
difficulty in focusing eyes
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
lack or loss of strength
redness of the white part of the eyes or inside of the eyelids
swelling of the eye
swelling or inflammation of the mouth
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.