How to use inhalers correctly?

Inhalers deliver the medication to the airways to relax them and relieve asthmatic symptoms. Inhalers are best for asthma. Here is the correct technique of how to use them appropriately.

Asthma is a medical condition where the airways get constricted and the patient gets breathing difficulties. Asthma patients need to use several medications along with inhalers to control or manage their symptoms., Among all medications, inhalers are best for asthma as they are quick and easy to use. However, it is important to use the inhaler correctly to get the maximum benefit of your medications. Most people don’t know how to use the inhaler correctly. Let’s look at the correct technique for using an inhaler.

Most asthma medicines are inhaled through the mouth via inhalers. Some medicines are breathed in directly from the inhaler; others are breathed in through a 'spacer' — you puff the medicine into a container and breathe through a mouthpiece at the other end. This increases the amount of medicine that reaches the small airways of the lungs.

Puffers or Metered dose inhalers - These inhalers automatically release the medication by using a propellant to disperse the mist into a person’s mouth.

Correct technique of using

  1. Remove the cap and prime the inhaler by squirting out a couple of puffs into the air.
  2. Stand or sit up straight.
  3. Take a deep breath in and out to clear the lungs.
  4. Place the mouthpiece into the mouth and form a tight seal.
  5. While breathing in, press the canister to release one puff of the medication.
  6. Hold the medication in the lungs for 10 seconds by not breathing out.
  7. Take the inhaler out of the mouth and slowly breathe out.

Dry powder inhalers - This type of inhaler has a dry powder and does not use a propellant. It will release the medication as an individual breathes it in.

  1. Remove the cap and hold the inhaler upright, or flat if it is saucer-shaped.
  2. Load a dose of the medication by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Stand or sit up straight.
  4. Take a deep breath in and out to clear the lungs.
  5. Place the mouthpiece into the mouth and form a tight seal.
  6. Take a deep and forceful breath through the mouth.
  7. Hold the medication in the lungs for 10 seconds by not breathing out.
  8. Take the inhaler out of the mouth and slowly breathe out.

(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)

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Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

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