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Combivent vs. ProAir

Reviewed on 4/23/2019

Are Combivent and ProAir the Same Thing?

Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) and ProAir (albuterol sulfate) are 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).

ProAir is also used to treat asthma and to prevent exercise-induced asthma.

Side effects of Combivent and ProAir that are similar include headache, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, shaking (tremors), nervousness, or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat.

Side effects of ProAir that are different from Combivent include throat dryness or irritation, vomiting, dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), hoarseness, muscle pain, or diarrhea.

Both Combivent and ProAir may interact with other bronchodilators, heart or blood pressure medications, and antidepressants.

Combivent may also interact with bladder or urinary medicines, diuretics (water pills), medications for Parkinson's disease; medications to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcer, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome; stimulants, ADHD medications, diet pills, or over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines.

ProAir may also interact with other inhaled medicines, diuretics, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

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 ProAir?

Common side effects of ProAir include:

  • nervousness,
  • shaking (tremor),
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • mouth/throat dryness or irritation,
  • sore throat,
  • cough,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • hoarseness,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • muscle pain, or
  • diarrhea

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 ProAir?

Proair (albuterol sulfate) is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs used to prevent and treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Proair is also used to prevent exercise-induced asthma.

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COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the same as adult-onset asthma. See Answer

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 ProAir?

ProAir may interact with other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, beta-blockers, diuretics, digoxin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and antidepressants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, ProAir should be used only if prescribed.

How Should Combivent Be Taken?

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

How Should ProAir Be Taken?

ProAir is a dry powder inhaler supplied for 200 measured inhalation doses.

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References
SOURCES:

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Combivent Product Information.

https://www.combivent.com

Teva Respiratory, LLC. ProAir Drug Information.

http://www.proair.com/
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