ipratropium - fenoterol
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02148633 ||DUOVENT UDV (0.3125MG FENOTER/0.125MG IPRATROP)/ML|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This medication belongs to the group of medications called bronchodilators. It is used to treat severe, acute attacks of asthma or chronic obstructive lung conditions, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It contains two ingredients that work by opening the airways.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
This medication is used in a nebulizer. The usual adult dose (for those 12 years and over) is 4 mL (one unit dose vial) of ipratropium - fenoterol solution inhaled via a nebulizer. Treatment may be repeated after 6 hours if necessary. If less than 4 mL of solution is to be used at one time as prescribed by your doctor, use a syringe to transfer the necessary amount to the nebulizer chamber. Discard any solution left in the plastic vial, as the solution does not contain preservatives.
If less than 2 mL of solution is to be nebulized, a sterile, preservative-free saline or another suitable nebulizer solution should be used to make up the total volume to between 2 mL and 5 mL. Follow the instructions found with the medication and with your nebulizer for proper treatment, care, maintenance, and equipment cleaning procedures. It is very important to adjust the face mask, if required, to prevent the mist from getting into your eyes.
If this medication does not relieve your symptoms within 10 minutes after the nebulization is finished, if the dosage of medication does not provide relief for longer than 3 hours, or if you experience a worsening of your symptoms, contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital, as these are signs that your condition may be worsening and that you need to be reassessed by a doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double a dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of clear, colourless solution contains ipratropium bromide 0.125 mg and fenoterol hydrobromide 0.3125 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydrochloric acid to adjust the pH and sodium chloride.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Ipratropium - fenoterol should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to ipratropium, fenoterol, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is allergic or sensitive to sympathomimetic or atropinic medications
- has abnormal heart rhythms associated with fast heart rate
- has the heart condition called hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy