DuoNeb vs. Proventil

Are DuoNeb and Proventil the Same Thing?

DuoNeb (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) and Proventil HFA (albuterol inhalation) are bronchodilators used to treat and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by different lung diseases.

DuoNeb is used to treat symptoms caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema).

Proventil HFA is used to treat symptoms associated with reversible obstructive airway disease such as asthma.

The brand name Proventil HFA is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

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

Side effects of DuoNeb that are different from Proventil HFA include shaking (tremors), nervousness, or constipation.

Side effects of Proventil HFA that are different from DuoNeb include sleep problems (insomnia), hoarseness, vomiting, dry throat, muscle pain, diarrhea, or palpitations.

Both DuoNeb and Proventil HFA may interact with other beta-blockers and antidepressants.

DuoNeb may also interact with diuretics (water pills) and heart or blood pressure medicines.

Proventil HFA may also interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and other bronchodilators.

What Are Possible Side Effects of DuoNeb?

Common side effects of DuoNeb include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • dry mouth,
  • shaking (tremors),
  • nervousness,
  • constipation, or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of DuoNeb including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Proventil?

Common side effects of Proventil include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • cough,
  • hoarseness,
  • sore throat,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dry mouth and throat,
  • muscle pain,
  • diarrhea, oe
  • palpitations,
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Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects of Proventil HFA including:

Get medical help right away if you have any rare but very serious side effects of Proventil HFA including:

  • chest pain,
  • irregular heartbeat,
  • rapid breathing, or
  • confusion.

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What Is DuoNeb?

DuoNeb (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) is a combination of 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).

What Is Proventil?

Proventil HFA (albuterol inhalation) is a beta-2 bronchodilator used to treat bronchospasm (wheezing, shortness of breath) associated with reversible obstructive airway disease such as asthma. The brand name drug Proventil HFA is no longer available in the U.S. Generic forms may still be available.

What Drugs Interact With DuoNeb?

DuoNeb may interact with certain beta-blockers, such as propranolol. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Tell your doctor all the products you use, including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products.

What Drugs Interact With Proventil?

Proventil HFA may interact with other drugs including beta-blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and other bronchodilators. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Proventil HFA. It is unknown if Proventil HFA will harm a fetus. It is unknown if Proventil HFA passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Breastfeeding while using Proventil HFA is not recommended.

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How Should DuoNeb Be Taken?

Two inhalations four times a day, not to exceed 12 inhalations in 24 hours.

How Should Proventil Be Taken?

The usual dosage of Proventil HFA for adults and children 4 years of age and older is two inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours.

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References
SOURCE:

FDA. DuoNeb Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020950s032lbl.pdf

Merck. Proventil Product Information.

https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/p/proventil_hfa/proventil_hfa_pi.pdf

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