Combivent is used to treat the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It comes in a metered-dose inhaler and is generally used four times a day. Side effects can include bronchitis, headaches, and upper respiratory tract infections. A few of the conditions that you should let your healthcare provider know about before you use the drug include glaucoma, high blood pressure, and seizures.
In order to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, Combivent inhalers (in their original form) will not be available after July 2013 because they contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. A new formulation, Combivent Respimat, became available starting in October 2012. People using the old Combivent inhaler will need to get a new prescription in order to switch to the new Combivent Respimat inhaler.
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