Atrovent vs. DuoNeb

Are Atrovent and DuoNeb the Same Thing?

Atrovent HFA (ipratropium bromide HFA) and DuoNeb (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) are bronchodilators used to treat and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including bronchitis and emphysema.

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.

What Are Possible Side Effects of DuoNeb?

Common side effects of DuoNeb include:

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

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of DuoNeb including:

What is Atrovent?

Atrovent HFA is an anticholinergic indicated for the maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema

What is DuoNeb?

DuoNeb (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) is a combination of bronchodilators 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).


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What Drugs Interact With Atrovent?

Atrovent may interact with many drugs.

What Drugs Interact With DuoNeb?

DuoNeb may interact with certain beta-blockers, such as propranolol. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Tell your doctor all the products you use, including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products.

How Should Atrovent Be Taken?

Two inhalations four times a day, not to exceed 12 inhalations in 24 hours.

How Should DuoNeb Be Taken?

The recommended dose of DuoNeb is one 3 mL vial administered 4 times per day via nebulization with up to 2 additional 3 mL doses allowed per day, if needed.


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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Atrovent Product Information.

Mylan Specialty L.P. DuoNeb Product Information.

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