Combivent Respimat vs. Flovent

Reviewed on 10/14/2020

Are Combivent Respimat and Flovent the Same Thing?

Combivent Respimat (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) Inhalation Spray and Flovent (fluticasone propionate) are used to treat different types of breathing disorders.

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

Flovent is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

Combivent Respimat and Flovent belong to different drug classes. Combivent Respimat is a combination of an anticholinergic bronchodilator and a selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator and Flovent is a steroid.

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

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

Side effects of Flovent that are different from Combivent Respimat include hoarseness, white patches in your mouth/on your tongue, signs of infection (fever, chills, cough, persistent sore throat), vision problems, increased thirst or urination, easy bruising or bleeding, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), bone pain, and wheezing.

Both Combivent Respimat and Flovent may interact with antidepressants and heart or blood pressure medications.

Combivent Respimat may also interact with other bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medicines, diuretics (water pills), 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.

Flovent may also interact with conivaptan, diclofenac, imatinib, isoniazid, antibiotics, antifungal medications, and HIV/AIDS medicines.

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 Flovent?

Common side effects of Flovent include:

  • hoarseness,
  • sore throat,
  • white patches in your mouth/on your tongue,
  • signs of infection (fever, chills, cough, persistent sore throat),
  • vision problems,
  • increased thirst or urination,
  • easy bruising or bleeding,
  • mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation),
  • bone pain,
  • wheezing,
  • runny or stuffy nose, or
  • headache.

Infrequently, Flovent may cause sudden severe wheezing or trouble breathing immediately after you use it. If this occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler and get medical help right away.

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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 Flovent?

Flovent (fluticasone propionate) is a steroid used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

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 Flovent?

Flovent may interact with antifungal medicines or HIV/AIDS medicines.

Flovent may also interact with conivaptan, diclofenac, imatinib, isoniazid, antibiotics, antidepressants, and heart or blood pressure medications.

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 Flovent be Taken?

Flovent should be orally inhaled only in patients aged 12 years and older. The recommended starting dose ranges from 88-880 mcg twice daily. The maximum recommended dose is 880 mcg twice daily.

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References
Boehringer Ingelheim. Combivent Respimat Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com/

GSK. Flovent Product Information.

https://www.flovent.com/

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