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Combivent is a medicine that is used in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Combivent is a type of medication known as a bronchodilator and a beta receptor stimulant combination and as well as its use for the above breathing problems it can also be used to treat other conditions and your doctor will let you know if it is right for you.
As is the case with all drugs, it is vital that you carefully follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. In most cases this will be written on the label of the medicine bottle or box and you must read this information very carefully. Combivent has an additional patient leaflet that you should request as it is full of useful information regarding this medication. If you do happen to have any questions about how to take this medicine then you should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor and they will be happy to help you. It is very important that you know how to use the inhaler correctly or else much of the medicine can be lost with a poor technique. When you use a new inhaler you should hold the inhaler away from your face and do a few test sprays into the air. This is known as priming and will show you if the inhaler is working correctly and releasing a good amount of medicine. You will be given a canister of the medicine to insert into your inhaler and you must ensure that this is correctly attached. Shake well before use and then make a seal around the inhaler with your lips with your tongue lying flat. Generally your doctor will instruct you how to use this on your first time and may even give you a spacer device that makes the inhaler easier to use. You should inhale deeply and slowly at the same time that you push the canister and mouthpiece together and hold your breath at the end of inhalation. When you can no longer hold your breath you should breathe out through pursed lips slowly and fully. If you require more than one dose of the inhaler then you must wait at least a minute before having the second dose. After inhaling the medicine it is important to rinse out your mouth with water and /or mouthwash in order to prevent mouth sores from developing and to get rid of the medication that may be sitting in your mouth. If you find the inhaler difficult to use and do not feel as if you are getting all of the medicine or you are developing side effects then you should discuss using a spacer device with your doctor. You need to clean your inhaler once every week and you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to do this. It is important to note down how many sprays of medicine that you use and you should add these up so that you know how many doses you have used and therefore how many you will have left in your inhaler. Do not wait until the medicine has run out completely before you get a replacement. Where you keep the medicine is very important and in this case it must be stored at room temperature (77 degrees F) away from the sun and in the box provided or in an airtight container. You must take the medicine as directed by your doctor and if you can take it at the same time everyday i.e. at breakfast time, then that may help you to remember. It is very important that you take this medicine everyday as directed and do not miss a dose, even if you are feeling better. Failure to take your medicine as directed will likely result in the worsening of your symptoms. In the unfortunate scenario that you do forget to take a dose, you must take the missed dose as soon as you remember unless this is near the time of your next dose. In this case you should just forget about the missed dose and carry on with your normal schedule, as you must never take two doses of a single medication at the same time. If you have any concerns then you should contact your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more information.
You should not take Combivent if you are allergic to lecithin. This means that if you are allergic to soya lecithin, peanuts, or soybeans then you should talk to your doctor before using this medicine. Combivent can cause blurred vision or dizziness and you should talk to your doctor before you drive or partake in any dangerous activities. You should not operate heavy machinery or perform any other tasks where you may be responsible for other people's lives until you know what effects it has on you. You must avoid getting Combivent in your eyes. Combivent may cause a dry mouth or give you a bad taste in your mouth. In order to prevent a dry mouth you should rinse your mouth and then gargle following a dose. You can use candy or sugarless gum to get rid of a dry mouth. If you have a dry mouth that lasts longer than 2 weeks you should see your doctor or dentist. Combivent may have adverse effects on the fetus in pregnant women and so all women who may be thinking about getting pregnant should weigh up the pros and cons of taking this medicine during pregnancy with their doctor. Also it is unknown if Combivent is excreted in the breast milk and so general advice at this time is to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about whether it is safe for you to breastfeed.
As is the case with most drugs Combivent is not without its side effects. Some of the things that you may notice when taking this medication include: fast heart rate, cough, throat irritation, dry mouth, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, or headache. These may be minor and go away during the course of treatment, however if they do bother you then you must talk to your doctor. Combivent was prescribed to you, as your doctor believes that the benefits will outweigh the side effects and so it is usual to expect some symptoms. However these symptoms should not cause you major discomfort and if this is the case then please talk to your doctor. You must talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any difficulty breathing, wheezing, itching, hives, or rash. Fortunately it is uncommon for someone to have an allergic reaction to this medicine, however they do occur and if you notice severe dizziness, a rash, itching, trouble breathing or swelling then you must seek immediate medical attention. If you experience any symptoms that worry you, even if they are not listed above, then it is vital that you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about it.
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