- What is albuterol and ipratropium inhaler, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
- Is albuterol and ipratropium inhaler available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
- What are the side effects of albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
- What is the dosage for albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
- Is albuterol and ipratropium inhaler safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
What is the dosage for albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
The recommended dosing for albuterol/ipratropium is 2 inhalations 4 times daily and as needed not to exceed 12 inhalations per day. The dose of Combivent Respimat is 1 inhalation 4 times daily not to exceed 6 inhalations per day.
Which drugs or supplements interact with albuterol and ipratropium inhaler?
Use with other anticholinergic drugs (for example, atropine) may increase the occurrence of side effects. Tricyclic antidepressants, for example, amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), monoamine oxidase inhibitors, for example, tranylcypromine, should not be combined with albuterol/ipratropium because of their additive effects on the vascular system (increased blood pressure, heart rate, etc.). A period of two weeks should elapse between treatment with albuterol/ipratropium and tricyclic antidepressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Use of albuterol/ipratropium with other stimulant medications is discouraged because of their combined effects on heart rate, blood pressure, and the potential for causing chest pain in patients with underlying coronary heart disease. Beta blockers, for example, propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA) block the effect of albuterol and may induce bronchospasm in asthmatics.
Albuterol/ipratropium may cause hypokalemia (low potassium). Therefore, combining albuterol/ipratropium with loop diuretics which reduce potassium in the body, for example, furosemide (Lasix) may increase the likelihood of hypokalemia.
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