Albuterol and atrovent combined get up duoneb-- what does albuterol do that atrovent doesn't and vice versa--
I didn't quite want to get hold of into this question, but here needs to be some clarification.
First Atrovent is NOT a steroid. It is an anticholinergic drug which blocks Acetylcholine. "It act by blocking muscarinic receptors in the lung, inhibiting bronchoconstriction and mucus secretion." (as quoted from Wikipedia).
Albuterol is a Beta-2 Agonist "...activation of β2-receptors results within relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle resulting in a widen of the airway (bronchodilation). Inhaled salbutamol sulfate has a speedy onset of achievement, providing relief inside 5-15 minutes of administration." (as quoted from Wikipedia) [Note: Salbutamol is the European first name of Albuterol - just to avoid confusion]
Okay... in a minute it's clear that Albuterol and Atrovent are BOTH bronchodilators. They are however, of different types of bronchodilation (one Beta-2 the other an anticholinergic). They are used as a combination to have a complimenting effect against bronchoconstriction. "...albuterol offer immediate nouns while ipatropium bromide provides longer-lasting effects" (as quoted from http://asthmatrack.org/medsglossary.html... )
It should also be noted that Atrovent is a longer-acting short-term bronchodilator than Albuterol... but is not as FAST-acting as Albuterol. Therefore, Albuterol is still considered the primary drug during sudden and severe bronchospasm.
The brand-name version of the two combined drugs are "DuoNeb" for the juice (for nebulizing), and "Combivent" for the MDI. I believe this has already be mentioned in the above posts.
Though it hasn't be mentioned, Atrovent isn't recommended for children under age 6 by the FDA. Another problem beside Atrovent it is "...is contraindicated in patients near hypersensitivity to soya lecithin or related products such as soybean and peanut." (quoted from http://www.ismp.org/newsletters/acutecar... )
So be aware of delivering the Albuterol/Atrovent combination to folks near known peanut allergies... pass just the Albuterol.
Hope this information make some clarifications.
Albuterol opens up the airways and alveoli (little sac in your lungs)
Atrovent keep them open for longer period of time.
Albuterol is used as a rescue inhaler and also as a controlant. Atrovent does not open the alveoli initially but help keep them initiate after the albuterol.
Hope that makes sense.
Albuterol relaxes the muscles surrounding your bronchii when they are already contracted, Atrovent prevents them from spasming. So the combination of the two reverses an asthma attack and prevents another from scheduled for a few hours.
It's also called Combivent.
i dont know the difrence srry
Albuterol is a bronchial dilator where on earth atrovent is a steroid. You need your bronchi's unfurl via dilation for the most effect benefits of the steroid.
Shar is correct...and Atrovent is not a steroid as Diane stated.