Combivent Respimat vs. Advair Diskus

Reviewed on 10/14/2020

Are Combivent Respimat and Advair Diskus the Same Thing?

Combivent Respimat (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) Inhalation Spray and Advair Diskus (fluticasone and salmeterol oral inhaler) is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Advair Diskus is also used to treat asthma.

Both Combivent Respimat and Advair Diskus contain a beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator. Combivent Respimat also contains an anticholinergic bronchodilator and Advair Diskus also contains a corticosteroid.

Side effects of Combivent Respimat and Advair Diskus that are similar include headache, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat), nausea, and vomiting.

Side effects of Combivent Respimat that are different from Advair Diskus include flu-like symptoms, nervousness, difficulty breathing, urinary retention, and fast or irregular heartbeat.

Side effects of Advair Diskus that are different from Combivent Respimat include upper respiratory tract infections, dizziness, stomach upset, diarrhea, yeast infections of the mouth or throat (oral thrush), sore throat, dry mouth/nose/throat, sinus pain, hoarseness or deepened voice, and musculoskeletal pain.

Both Combivent Respimat and Advair Diskus may interact with diuretics (water pills) and antidepressants.

Combivent Respimat may also interact with other bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, medications for Parkinson's disease, stimulants, ADHD medications, diet pills, over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine, and medications to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcers, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Advair Diskus may also interact with amiodarone, HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, antibiotics, antifungal medications, and beta-blockers.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Combivent Respimat?

Common side effects of Combivent Respimat include:

  • headache,
  • cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat),
  • flu-like symptoms,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • nervousness,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • urinary retention and
  • fast or irregular heartbeat.

Serious side effects of Combivent Respimat include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Advair Diskus?

Common side effects of Advair Diskus include:

  • upper respiratory tract infections,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach upset,
  • diarrhea,
  • yeast infections of the mouth or throat (oral thrush),
  • sore throat,
  • dry mouth/nose/throat,
  • stuffy nose,
  • sinus pain,
  • cough,
  • sore throat,
  • hoarseness or deepened voice, and
  • musculoskeletal pain.

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What Is Combivent Respimat?

Combivent Respimat (sunitinib malate) is a multi-kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor after disease progression on, or intolerance to imatinib mesylate, for advanced renal cell carcinoma, and for progressive, well-differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic disease. Combivent Respimat is available in generic form.

What Is Advair Diskus?

Advair Diskus (fluticasone and salmeterol oral inhaler) is a combination of a corticosteroid and a beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator used to treat asthma and chronic bronchitis, including COPD associated with chronic bronchitis. Advair Diskus is used in patients whose symptoms are not adequately controlled on a long-term asthma control medication, since one of the active ingredients in salmeterol is LABA, which has been linked to asthma-related deaths. Advair Diskus should not be used to treat acute episodes of asthma or COPD. Advair Diskus is available in generic form.

What Drugs Interact With Combivent Respimat?

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

What Drugs Interact With Advair Diskus?

Advair Diskus may interact with amiodarone, diuretics (water pills), HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, antidepressants, antibiotics, antifungal medications, or beta-blockers. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. There have not been adequate studies of salmeterol in pregnant women. Fluticasone and salmeterol use by pregnant women should be avoided unless the potential benefit justifies the potential unknown risk to the fetus. Advair Diskus is secreted in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Advair Diskus Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

How Should Combivent Respimat be Taken?

The Combivent Respimat inhaler delivers 20 mcg of ipratropium bromide (monohydrate) and 100 mcg albuterol (equivalent to 120 mcg albuterol sulfate) from the mouthpiece. The recommended dose of Combivent Respimat is one inhalation four times a day. Patients may take additional inhalations as required; however, the total number of inhalations should not exceed six within 24 hours.

How Should Advair Diskus be Taken?

For patients aged 12 years and older, the dosage of Advair Diskus is 1 inhalation twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.

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References
Boehringer Ingelheim. Combivent Respimat Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com/

GSK. Advair Diskus Product Information.

https://www.advair.com

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