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For adults who are using the ipratropium and albuterol inhaler, dosing usually starts at one or two inhalations four times a day, depending on the inhaler being used. If needed, your healthcare provider may recommend additional doses.
Ipratropium and Albuterol Inhaler Dosing: An Introduction
There is only one standard dose of the ipratropium and albuterol inhaler (Combivent®), regardless of your weight, age, or other medical conditions. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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.
Old Ipratropium and Albuterol Inhaler Dosing for COPD
The recommended starting dose of Combivent Respimat for treating COPD is one spray four times a day. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take additional doses as needed. However, you should not take more than six inhalations of Combivent Respimat in 24 hours.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Asthma and COPD inhalers that contain ozone-depleting CFCs to be phased out; alternative treatments available (4/13/2010). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm208302.htm. Accessed April 16, 2010.
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. FDA maintains essential use status of Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol through 2013 (4/13/2010). Boehringer Ingelheim Website. Available at: http://us.boehringer-ingelheim.com/newsroom/2010/04-13-10_combivent_fda_ruling.html. Accessed April 16, 2010.
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