Watch the video and see how to use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

  • 1
    Getting Started with Your Inhaler
  • 2
    Preparing Your Inhaler for First‑Time Use
  • 3
    Priming for First‑Time Use
  • 4
    Daily Use
  • 5
    Cleaning and Parts
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FAQ

Q1.

What if I can't turn the base easily?

A.

The RESPIMAT inhaler may already be prepared and in use – the inhaler is ready to be used as it is. The RESPIMAT inhaler locks automatically once the dose indicator has reached the end of the scale. Please refer to your Prescribing Information for the number of doses. If your inhaler locks, prepare and use a new RESPIMAT inhaler.

Q2.

How does the dose indicator work?

A.

The dose indicator shows approximately how many puffs of medicine are left. When the pointer enters the red area of the scale, this is when you will need to refill your prescription, or ask your doctor if you need another prescription for RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray. Once the dose indicator has reached the end of the scale, all puffs have been used and the RESPIMAT inhaler locks automatically. At this point, the base cannot be turned any further.

Q3.

What if I can't press the dose-release button?

A.

The clear base has not been turned. Turn the clear base until it clicks (half a turn). If that doesn't work, check to see if the dose indicator is at 0.

Q4.

What if the clear base springs back after I have turned it?

A.

The clear base was not turned far enough. Turn the clear base until it clicks (half a turn), so the RESPIMAT inhaler is ready to use.

Q5.

What if I can turn the clear base past the point where it clicks?

A.

Either the dose-release button has been pressed, or the clear base has been turned too far. With the cap closed, try again - turn the base until it clicks (half a turn).

Q6.

Why do I have to prime my inhaler prior to first use?

A.

Your RESPIMAT inhaler works mechanically, using a capillary. This draws up the solution with medication prior to releasing the spray of air. In order to get the air out of the capillary tube, you need to prime your inhaler. This will ensure you get the full daily dose when using your inhaler. Priming does not affect the number of doses available in your inhaler.

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Further Information

Use caution and do not spray in your eyes.

The RESPIMAT inhaler must not be disassembled after inserting the cartridge and replacing the clear base.

Protect the RESPIMAT inhaler from freezing.

Do not touch the piercing element inside the base.

Store the RESPIMAT inhaler out of the reach of children.

If your RESPIMAT inhaler has not been used:

  • For more than 3 days, spray 1 puff toward the ground to prepare the inhaler for use.
  • For more than 21 days, repeat the steps from section 2 ("Preparing Your Inhaler for First-Time Use") until a spray is visible. Then, repeat those steps three more times to prepare the inhaler for use.
  • Keep your RESPIMAT cartridge and inhaler out of the reach of children.
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Indication for Use

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is indicated for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on a regular aerosol bronchodilator (inhaler) who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm (airway narrowing) and who require a second bronchodilator.

Important Safety Information

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in COMBIVENT RESPIMAT or to atropine or other similar drugs.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause the narrowing of the airways to get worse (paradoxical bronchospasm) which may be life threatening. If this happens, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause serious heart-related side effects, such as palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, tremor, or nervousness. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may increase eye pressure which may cause or worsen some types of glaucoma.

Do not get the spray into your eyes.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may cause difficulty with urination.

If you have vision changes or eye pain or if you have difficulty with urination, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT and call your doctor right away.

Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT. Should you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much.

Allergic reactions may occur, including itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (involving difficulty in breathing or swallowing), rash, hives, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or anaphylaxis. Some of these may be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, especially if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, prostate or urinary problems, a history of heart conditions (such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure), seizures, thyroid disorder, diabetes, low potassium levels, or kidney or liver disease. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, especially heart medications or drugs to treat depression.

The most common side effects reported with use of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT include infection of the ears, nose, and throat, runny nose, cough, bronchitis, headache, and shortness of breath.

Click here for full Prescribing Information and Patient Instructions for Use.

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Indication for Use

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is indicated for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on a regular aerosol bronchodilator (inhaler) who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm (airway narrowing) and who require a second bronchodilator.

Important Safety Information

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in COMBIVENT RESPIMAT or to atropine or other similar drugs.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause the narrowing of the airways to get worse (paradoxical bronchospasm) which may be life threatening. If this happens, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can cause serious heart-related side effects, such as palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, tremor, or nervousness. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may increase eye pressure which may cause or worsen some types of glaucoma.

Do not get the spray into your eyes.

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may cause difficulty with urination.

If you have vision changes or eye pain or if you have difficulty with urination, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT and call your doctor right away.

Dizziness and blurred vision may occur with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT. Should you experience these symptoms, use caution when engaging in activities such as driving a car or operating appliances or other machines.

Do not use COMBIVENT RESPIMAT more often than your doctor has directed. Deaths have been reported with similar inhaled medicines in asthma patients who use the medicine too much.

Allergic reactions may occur, including itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (involving difficulty in breathing or swallowing), rash, hives, bronchospasm (airway narrowing), or anaphylaxis. Some of these may be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking COMBIVENT RESPIMAT at once and call your doctor or get emergency help.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, especially if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, prostate or urinary problems, a history of heart conditions (such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure), seizures, thyroid disorder, diabetes, low potassium levels, or kidney or liver disease. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, especially heart medications or drugs to treat depression.

The most common side effects reported with use of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT include infection of the ears, nose, and throat, runny nose, cough, bronchitis, headache, and shortness of breath.

Click here for full Prescribing Information and Patient Instructions for Use.