Inhalers are used to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms, including asthma and allergies. If you have been prescribed an inhaler, it may seem simple. You’ve probably seen them used before, or had someone briefly explain how to properly use an inhaler to you. However, many patients fail to properly use their inhaler. If not done properly, you may not receive all of the intended benefits of the medicine that the inhaler contains. To ensure that patients properly administer their inhaler, we have established a guide to help you through the process.
Now that you’ve exhaled as much as you can, and the inhaler is in place, it’s time to activate the medicine.
Repeat as indicated by the medicine. Many inhalers require 2 “puffs” to complete a dose.
If the inhaler is new, or hasn’t been used for a while, you will need to prime the device. This is due to settling that naturally occurs in the canister. To ensure that you receive the intended medicine, and not just a puff of pressurized air, please follow the instructions that came with the device. You should never use an inhaler that needs primed.
Inhalers typically come with a counter on them, indicating when the device needs replaced. When the counter reads “0”, it is time to replace your inhaler. You should never place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty, as this doesn’t work – and poses a major risk when the device is administered again.