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When should I call my doctor if I am using DuoNeb?

If you are using DuoNeb (a combination drug that includes ipratropium and albuterol), call your doctor right away if your breathing becomes more difficult after a treatment. This bronchodilator medication, used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can sometimes cause bronchial spasms as well as changes in your pulse rate or blood pressure.

It can also trigger an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to its ingredients. If you have symptoms of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, hives, itchiness, swelling of your mouth, face, eyelids or throat and difficulty breathing), use another treatment to help ease your breathing and get emergency medical assistance. Follow that up with a call to your doctor so he or she can prescribe an alternative medication.

You should also call your doctor if your COPD symptoms worsen and you feel DuoNeb is not helping to relieve them. Do not use DuoNeb more or less than prescribed without talking with your doctor first.

Call your doctor if any side effects are bothersome or don't go away. Since DuoNeb can interact with some medications and supplements, don't start any new ones without talking to your doctor first. If you become pregnant while using DuoNeb, call your doctor.

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