Symbicort 160/4.5 Inhaler

Symbicort® (budesonide and formoterol) is a combination drug commonly used for treating COPD and asthma. It is not approved to treat asthma attacks; rather, it is used twice a day to help prevent attacks from occurring.
The medication comes in an inhaler and is available in two strengths, including:
  • Symbicort 80/4.5 inhaler (containing 120 inhalations with 80 mcg budesonide and 4.5 mcg formoterol per inhalation)
  • Symbicort 160/4.5 inhaler (containing 120 inhalations with 160 mcg budesonide and 4.5 mcg formoterol per inhalation).
For treating asthma, your healthcare provider may recommend using the Symbicort 160/4.5 inhaler twice daily (two inhalations) or the Symbicort 80/4.5 inhaler twice daily, depending on the type and dose of other asthma medications you were previously taking. Before making a dosing recommendation, he or she will also consider the severity of your asthma.
For treating COPD, there is only one recommended dosage -- two inhalations of the Symbicort 160/4.5 inhaler twice daily.
(Click Symbicort Dosage to find out how to use the inhaler and for general dosing precautions with Symbicort.)
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