Warnings for other groups
For pregnant women: Duopack is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:
- Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
- There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
For women who are breastfeeding: It isn’t known if Duopack passes into breast milk. If it does, it may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.
For seniors: Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dose may cause levels of the drug to be higher than normal. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dose or a different dosing schedule.
For children: The safety and effectiveness of this drug hasn’t been established in children under the age of 4 years. This drug shouldn’t be used in children younger than 4 years.
All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- how severe your condition is
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose
- Worsening breathing or wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm): This drug can make your breathing or wheezing worse. This can be life-threatening. If this happens, stop taking this drug right away. Your doctor will give you a different medication. Paradoxical bronchospasms usually occur with the first use of a new canister or vial.
- Worsening asthma: If you need more doses of this drug than usual, this might mean your asthma has gotten worse. If this happens, see your doctor. They may give you a different medication, such as an inhaled corticostero >
Duopack is a prescription drug. It’s available as an inhalation suspension, nebulizer solution, inhalation powder, immediate-release tablet, extended-release tablet, or oral syrup.
Duopack inhalation suspension isn’t available as a generic drug. It’s only available as the brand-name drugs ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Proventil HFA.
To help treat asthma symptoms, Duopack may be taken as part of a combination therapy with inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta agonists, and bronchodilators.
What Is Duopack (Proventil)?
Duopack is the generic form of the brand-name drugs Proventil, ProAir, and Ventolin, which are used to treat lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Duopack can quickly relieve shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. It's in a class of drugs known as bronchodilators, which work by relaxing and opening air passages to the lungs.
This medicine is sometimes used to treat or improve muscle paralysis in people with a condition that causes paralysis attacks (such as hyperkalemic periodic paralysis).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Duopack in 1982.
Q: How safe is an Duopack inhaler for asthma?
A: Duopack is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways improving air flow to the lungs. Duopack inhalers are used to treat bronchospasm (wheezing and shortness of breath) in patients with lung conditions such as asthma. Patients with certain medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, epilepsy, diabetes, or overactive thyroid have an increased chance of having an adverse reaction with Duopack. Rare but serious side effects have been reported with Duopack including chest tightness, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm, nervousness, tremor, and increased blood pressure. Less serious side effects include headache, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, muscle pain, and diarrhea. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Duopack. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Duopack can have interactions with some medications particularly beta-blockers for high blood pressure. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. Burton Dunaway, PharmD
Side Effects of Duopack:
The most common side effects of Duopack will surround the compound’s stimulating nature. However, overall this is a relatively well-tolerated bronchodilator for most men and women. Serious issues or complications are rare. Those who are using the compound as a thermogenic, they will find the side effects of Duopack to be a little more common and possibly bothersome. This is due to such use requiring a higher dose than what is used to treat asthma. The most common side effects of Duopack will be stimulant related such as shaking hands, insomnia and headaches. Some may also experience dizziness. These are the most common side effects, but most will find they are manageable and begin to subside quickly as the body begins to adapt to the compound. Excess sweating can also be an issue for some, as well as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting although rare.
There are other possible side effects of Duopack that can be more bothersome, but are thankfully less common. An allergic reaction to the compound can cause a swelling of the lips or tongue as well as a possible rash. Oddly enough, an allergic reaction can also lead to difficulty breathing. Less common but most commonly associated with high doses is chest pain, high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. If such side effects of Duopack begin to manifest use should be discontinued immediately. If ignored, these effects can become quite extreme. When the side effects of Duopack reach an extreme level, harsh shaking or trembling may occur. Anxiety, panic and an extremely fast and irregular heartbeat are all possible, and can be potentially fatal.
Duopack can be used safely, but it will require responsible use. At the same time, we are all unique individuals and will respond to varying medications differently. If harsh or severe effects of Duopack use begin to show for any reason, discontinue use. It is when such effects are ignored that trouble may arise. While many will be able to use the compound safely, if you cannot, simply reexamine your plan and search for better options. There is no reason to risk your health for a little extra fat loss.