Richard Castriotta, MD, explains how Combivent Respimat works

Richard Castriotta, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Pulminary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical School has this to say about Combivent Respimat, “As the name implies, the Combivent inhaler is a combination of ingredients — a beta-2 agonist and another drug that acts on a different part on the pathways that control asthma.” “In general, this group of drugs [is] not as powerful nor as quick-acting as the beta-2 agonists,” he says. “It doesn’t take effect within 10 minutes the way albuterol does. It may take an hour or two before you really have effects.”
This longer-range plan type of inhaler can be used as a ‘rescue’ inhaler per the good doctor, but it was not designed with that purpose in mind and may not act quickly enough for the senior trying to seek relief. It is much more a maintenance drug; a long-term inhalant used by many people that do not respond well to a bronchodilator like albuterol.
In fact, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “anticholinergic ipratropium, one of the key ingredients in this combination drug, might be an alternative for you if albuterol is not effective alone.”
This is just more knowledge for elderly caregivers to store away so that they can prove that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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