Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray is formulated to deliver two medications in a slow-moving mist to ease your breathing when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Your doctor may recommend using Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray along with another inhalant if you continue to show narrowing of your airways.
The active ingredients of Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray are Ipratropium Bromide, an anticholinergic drug, and Albuterol, a beta-2 agonist. Together, these medications can start to provide relief in about fifteen minutes.
When inhaled as directed, Ipratropium Bromide blocks the action of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that promotes the constriction of muscles that surround your airway. By blocking this action, the muscles relax and airways expand to improve your breathing. Albuterol stimulates the beta-2 receptors on your smooth muscle cells to cause them to relax and widen while also dilating blood vessels. With the ability to breathe easier, you can function better and continue with your daily tasks, school, or work.
Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are progressive lung diseases that have no cure, only treatments to help you breathe easier. With chronic bronchitis, you experience a cough with mucus that continues for the better part of a month for at least two months and lasts for two consecutive years. The ongoing inflammation in your lungs causes swelling and irritation, which in turn increases the mucus. Bacteria can collect in the mucus and cause an infection that will require medication.
Emphysema develops slowly as the air sacs in your lungs are damaged permanently from years of inhaling cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, and other air pollutants. Your lungs become incapable of transferring efficient amounts of oxygen to your bloodstream and breathing is more labored.
Ask your doctor about the risks of using Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss with your doctor other medical conditions and allergies you have and list all current OTC and Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This allows your doctor to determine if Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray is right for you.
Go over the instructions carefully with your doctor so you benefit from using the Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray properly. If you find that Combivent Respimat Inhalation Spray is not performing as it once did, see your doctor as this may indicate your symptoms are worse and your COPD has progressed. For sudden on-set breathing difficulties, make sure you have a fast-acting ‘rescue’ inhaler available at all times.