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If you are preventing asthma attacks with the use of budesonide inhalation, dosing will be based on several factors. To determine your budesonide inhalation dosage, your healthcare provider will consider your age, whether you are using the inhaler or suspension, the severity of your asthma, and other medications you are taking. Generally, the budesonide inhalation dose is taken once or twice a day every day.

Budesonide Inhalation Dosing: An Introduction

Budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort®) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks. Budesonide inhalation comes in two forms -- the budesonide inhalation inhaler, and budesonide inhalation suspension that is inhaled using a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs).
The dose of budesonide inhalation your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Whether you are using the inhaler or the suspension
  • The severity of your asthma
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your budesonide inhalation dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Budesonide Inhaler Dosing
For adults, the recommended starting budesonide inhalation dose for asthma is budesonide inhaler 360 mcg twice daily (two inhalations of budesonide inhaler 180 mcg twice daily). For children age six and older, the recommended budesonide dose for asthma is budesonide inhaler 180 mcg twice daily.
Budesonide Inhalation Suspension Dosing
For asthma treatment in children age 12 months to 6 years old, the recommended budesonide inhalation dose varies, depending upon what type of asthma medications were previously taken. The recommended doses range from 0.25 mg once daily to 0.5 mg twice daily (or 1 mg once daily).
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