COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Effectively Delivers Medication to the Lungs
Inform patients about spray characteristics of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT
- The slow-moving mist of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT is delivered by mechanical energy, without the use of CFCs† or other propellants. The mechanical system nebulizes the medication as it is released1
- The slow-moving mist of the RESPIMAT Inhaler helps to facilitate patient coordination of actuation and inhalation2
- As with all inhaled drugs, the actual amount of drug delivered to the lung may depend on patient factors, such as coordination between the actuation of the inhaler and inspiration through the delivery system. The duration of inspiration should be at least as long as the spray duration (1.5 seconds)2
*COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
†CFC = chlorofluorocarbon.
- Kunkel G, Magnussen H, Bergmann K-C, et al. Respimat® (a new soft mist inhaler) delivering fenoterol plus ipratropium bromide provides equivalent bronchodilation at half the cumulative dose compared with a conventional metered dose inhaler in asthmatic patients. Respiration. 2000;67(3):306-314.
- COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Prescribing Information. Ridgefield, CT: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; 2014.
Indication for Use
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT is indicated for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on a regular aerosol bronchodilator who continue to have evidence of bronchospasm and who require a second bronchodilator.
Important Safety Information
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT is contraindicated in patients hypersensitive to any of the ingredients of the drug product or to atropine or its derivatives.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can produce paradoxical bronchospasm that can be life-threatening. If it occurs, therapy with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT should be discontinued immediately and alternative therapy instituted.
The albuterol sulfate contained in COMBIVENT RESPIMAT can produce a clinically significant cardiovascular effect in some patients. If cardiovascular symptoms occur, COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may need to be discontinued.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT contains ipratropium bromide and may increase intraocular pressure which may result in precipitation or worsening of narrow-angle glaucoma.
Patients should avoid spraying the aerosol into their eyes as this may cause acute eye pain or discomfort, temporary blurring of vision, mydriasis, visual halos, or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival or corneal congestion. Advise patients to consult their physician immediately if any of these symptoms develop while using COMBIVENT RESPIMAT.
Ipratropium bromide also may cause urinary retention.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT should be used with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hyperplasia, or bladder-neck obstruction.
Since dizziness and blurred vision may occur with the use of COMBIVENT RESPIMAT, caution patients about engaging in activities such as driving a vehicle or operating appliances or machinery.
Do not exceed recommended dose. Fatalities have been reported in association with excessive use of inhaled sympathomimetic drugs in patients with asthma.
Hypersensitivity reactions including urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, and oropharyngeal edema may occur. If such a reaction occurs, therapy with COMBIVENT RESPIMAT should be stopped at once and alternative treatment should be considered.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT contains albuterol and should be used with caution in patients with convulsive disorders, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes mellitus, and in patients who are unusually responsive to sympathomimetic amines. Albuterol may produce significant hypokalemia in some patients.
In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions reported for COMBIVENT RESPIMAT were upper respiratory tract infection, nasopharyngitis, cough, bronchitis, headache, and dyspnea.
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT may interact additively with concomitantly used anticholinergic medications. Avoid co-administration with other anticholinergic-containing drugs.
Caution is advised in co-administration of other beta-adrenergic agents, beta-receptor blocking agents, and non-potassium sparing diuretics. Extreme caution is advised with monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants.