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Combivent uses primarily include treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Healthcare providers may also prescribe the drug in an "off-label" fashion for the treatment of asthma symptoms. It is a combination of two medications that work in different ways to open up the airways, allowing more air into and out of the lungs. At this time, there are no Combivent uses in children.
Combivent Uses: An OverviewCombivent® (ipratropium and albuterol inhaler) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Combivent contains two medications that work in two different ways to keep the airways open.
What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, leading to breathing problems. In people who have COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to breathe. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause, there are other possible causes of COPD. Common COPD symptoms may include:
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
- Sputum (mucus) production
- Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
- Chest tightness.
- Steroids (such as inhaled steroids)
- A yearly flu shot
- Pneumococcal vaccine.