Specific Safety Concerns With DuoNeb

Specific DuoNeb Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking DuoNeb include the following:
 
  • In rare cases, the medication can make bronchospasms (spasms of the airways) worse, which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if DuoNeb makes your breathing problems worse.
     
  • DuoNeb contains an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, DuoNeb can worsen glaucoma, bladder problems, and prostate problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have any of these problems.
     
  • DuoNeb can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure, resulting in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). The medication can also cause low blood pressure (hypotension). If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if recommending DuoNeb in your case.
     
  • People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when taking DuoNeb, as albuterol (one of the components of the medication) may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
     
  • Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you have any vision or eye changes while taking the drug.
     
  • DuoNeb has not been studied in people with liver or kidney disease. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely if you have either of these conditions, as these problems often affect the way your body handles medications.
     
  • DuoNeb can interact with other medications (see DuoNeb Drug Interactions).
     
  • DuoNeb is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see DuoNeb and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is not known if DuoNeb passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see DuoNeb and Breastfeeding).
     

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