Atrovent vs. Combivent

Reviewed on 8/20/2021

Are Atrovent and Combivent the Same Thing?

Atrovent HFA (ipratropium bromide HFA) and Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) are inhalers used for maintenance and treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

Atrovent and Combivent both contain an anticholinergic bronchodilator. Combivent also contains a selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Atrovent?

Common side effects of Atrovent include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Atrovent HFA including bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), eye pain, seeing halos around lights, pain or burning when you urinate, urinating less than usual or not at all, or worsening of your symptoms.

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Combivent?

Common side effects of Combivent include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • dry mouth,
  • shaking (tremors),
  • nervousness, or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat.

What Is Atrovent?

Atrovent HFA (ipratropium bromide HFA) is an anticholinergic bronchodilator, packaged in an inhaler, used for maintenance and treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Atrovent HFA is available as a generic termed ipratropium bromide.

What Is Combivent?

Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) is an inhaler that is a combination of an anticholinergic bronchodilator and a selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator used to treat and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema).

What Drugs Interact With Atrovent?

Atrovent HFA may interact with other bronchodilators. Atrovent HFA may also interact with bladder or urinary medicines, cold or allergy medicines that contain an antihistamine, medications for Parkinson's disease, or medications to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcer, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome.

What Drugs Interact With Combivent?

Combivent may interact with bladder or urinary medicines, diuretics (water pills), heart or blood pressure medications, medications for Parkinson's disease or depression; medications to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcer, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome; other bronchodilators, stimulants, ADHD medications, diet pills, or over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Atrovent Be Taken?

The usual starting dose of ATROVENT HFA is two inhalations four times a day. Patients may take additional inhalations as required; however, the total number of inhalations should not exceed 12 in 24 hours.

How Should Combivent Be Taken?

The dose of Combivent Inhalation Aerosol is two inhalations four times a day.

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References


FDA. Atrovent Inhalation Aerosol Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2004/21527lbl.pdf

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Combivent Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com/

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