Combivent Respimat (ipratropium bromide and albuterol)

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board | Last reviewed: May 2023

Combivent® Respimat® (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is an inhaled drug called a bronchodilator. A bronchodilator is a medicine that makes it easier to breathe. Combivent Respimat is used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that damages the lungs and makes it hard to breathe.1

Some people with COPD may still experience breathing problems after using a bronchodilator. They may require a second bronchodilator. Combivent Respimat is often used for people who need a second bronchodilator.1

What are the ingredients in Combivent Respimat?

The active ingredients in Combivent Respimat are ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate.1

How does Combivent Respimat work?

Combivent Respimat is a combination of an anticholinergic agent and a short-acting beta-agonist (SABA). Ipratropium bromide is an anticholinergic agent that opens up the airways. Albuterol sulfate is a SABA that relaxes the muscles around the airways.1,2

When the airways are open and the muscles are relaxed, it is easier to breathe.1

What are the possible side effects?

Common side effects of Combivent Respimat include:1

  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Common cold
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in the airways (bronchitis)
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inability to completely empty bladder (urinary retention), which may be severe

These are not all the possible side effects of Combivent Respimat. Talk to your doctor about what to expect when taking Combivent Respimat. You also should call your doctor if you have any changes that concern you when taking Combivent Respimat.

Other things to know

Combivent Respimat may not be right for everyone. Talk to your doctor about what treatment options are best for you. They will tell you more about the possible side effects, risks, and benefits.

Avoid spraying Combivent Respimat into your eyes. Contact your doctor if you experience problems with your eyes.1

This drug can increase the risk of heart problems. If you have a heart condition, talk to your doctor before using this drug.1

Before beginning treatment for COPD, tell your doctor about all your health conditions and any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs.

For more information, read the full prescribing information of Combivent Respimat.

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