Combivent vs. Advair Diskus

Are Combivent and Advair Diskus the Same Thing?

Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) and Advair Diskus (fluticasone and salmeterol oral inhaler) are inhalers 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).

Advair Diskus is also used to treat asthma.

Combivent is a combination of an anticholinergic bronchodilator and a selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator and Advair Diskus is a combination of a corticosteroid and a beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator.

Side effects of Combivent and Advair Diskus that are similar include headache, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat.

Side effects of Combivent that are different from Advair Diskus include shaking (tremors) or nervousness.

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

Both Combivent and Advair Diskus may interact with diuretics (water pills), antidepressants, and heart or blood pressure medications.

Combivent may also interact with bladder or urinary medicines, medications for Parkinson's disease, 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.

Advair Diskus may also interact with amiodarone, HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, antibiotics, or antifungal medications.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Combivent?

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

What Drugs Interact With Advair Diskus?

Advair may interact with amiodarone, diuretics (water pills), HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, antidepressants, antibiotics, or beta-blockers

How Should Combivent Be Taken?

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

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
SOURCES:

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Combivent Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com

GSK. Advair Drug Information.

https://www.advairhcp.com

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