Inhaler Techniques

Proper inhaler use is important to asthma treatment and management. Asthma sufferers---
and people with other respiratory conditions who have been prescribed inhalers---
must know how to use them properly in times of emergency or for everyday treatment. Learning and practicing proper inhaler techniques can make a big difference in maintaining good respiratory health.

  1. Metered-Dose Inhaler Technique

    • Remove the cap on your metered-dose inhaler's mouthpiece and shake the inhaler before administering your dose. Exhale gently before inserting the mouthpiece of your inhaler into your mouth. Hold the inhaler in an upright position. Do this by resting the base of the inhaler on your thumb and your index finger on the top of the medication canister. Close your lips around the mouthpiece. Push down on the canister with your index finger as you inhale steadily and deeply.

      Remove the inhaler from your mouth. Hold your inhalation for 10 seconds or for as long as your doctor's orders indicate. Exhale steadily.

    Accuhaler Technique

    • Hold the acculaher casing in one hand and roll back the thumb grip with your other hand. Point the accuhaler mouthpiece toward you and slide the lever away from you until it clicks. This loads your dosage and advances your dose counter. Exhale gently and close your lips around the mouthpiece. Inhale deeply and quickly.

      Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath or 10 seconds or for as long as your doctor's orders indicate.

    Turbohaler Technique

    • Unscrew your turbohaler and remove its cover. While holding the inhaler upright, twist the grip at its base to its fullest extent both forward and backward. Your inhaler may make a clicking sound when this motion is complete. This releases your dosage. Exhale gently and close your lips around the mouthpiece. Inhale as deeply and steadily as possible.

      Remove the inhaler from your mouth. Exhale slowly and steadily.

    Inhaler Tips

    • Keep the mouthpiece cap on whenever your inhaler is not in use. This helps to protect your inhaler from collecting dust and debris, which can be harmful to your respiratory health.

      Keep count of how many dosages you use if your inhaler does not have a counter. This protects you from unknowingly running out of medication. Making note every time you use your inhaler can help you know when to refill or have your doctor order a new inhaler if necessary.

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