Your doctor might prescribe you an inhaler that contains both an anticholinergic and a beta2-agonist bronchodilator. This combination can sometimes provide better symptom relief than if the medications were prescribed alone. Other people do not notice a difference with the combination but find using one inhaler more convenient if they are required to take both types of COPD medication. A combination inhaler can be taken as needed, or used on a regular basis.
An example of a short-acting beta2-agonist and anticholinergic combination is:
salbutamol and ipratropium (Combivent)