Combivent Respimat vs. Albuterol Sulfate

Reviewed on 10/14/2020

Are Combivent Respimat and Albuterol Sulfate the Same Thing?

Combivent Respimat (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) Inhalation Spray and albuterol sulfate (albuterol sulfate inhalation solution) contain bronchodilators and are used to treat breathing disorders.

Combivent Respimat is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Albuterol sulfate is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Albuterol is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Side effects of Combivent Respimat and albuterol sulfate 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 albuterol sulfate include flu-like symptoms, nervousness, difficulty breathing, urinary retention, and fast or irregular heartbeat.

Side effects of albuterol sulfate that are different from Combivent Respimat include dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth and throat, muscle pain, and diarrhea.

Both Combivent Respimat and albuterol sulfate may interact with other bronchodilators, diuretics (water pills), and antidepressants.

Combivent Respimat may also interact with 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.

Albuterol sulfate may also interact with digoxin, beta-blockers, and MAO inhibitors.

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 Albuterol Sulfate?

Common side effects of Albuterol Sulfate include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • cough,
  • hoarseness,
  • sore throat,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dry mouth and throat,
  • muscle pain, or
  • diarrhea.

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of albuterol sulfate including bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of this medicine; nervousness; shaking (tremor); headache; chest pain and fast, pounding, or irregular/uneven heartbeats (palpitations); low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

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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 Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol sulfate (albuterol sulfate inhalation solution) is a bronchodilator used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Albuterol is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Albuterol sulfate 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 Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol sulfate may interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, beta-blockers, antidepressants, MAO inhibitor, or other bronchodilators. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

Albuterol sulfate may also interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, or other bronchodilators.

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 Albuterol Sulfate be Taken?

The usual starting dosage of Albuterol sulfate for patients 2 to 12 years of age is 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg of albuterol sulfate inhalation solution administered 3 or 4 times daily, as needed, by nebulization.

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References
Boehringer Ingelheim. Combivent Respimat Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com/

Dailymed. Albuterol Sulfate Solution.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=ab1cbed4-50c4-4769-9947-1927333f278c

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