Asthma how-to: How to use an inhaler with a spacer and mouthpiece

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /

Metered dose inhalers, which are commonly
called “puffers” or “inhalers”, spray the medicine out so that you can breathe it deep
into the lungs. Inhalers deliver medicine very quickly. Inhalers are compact and light– so they
can be easily taken with you wherever you go. It’s very important to use your inhaler
the correct way to make sure the medicine gets deposited in the lungs, where it works
the best. Incorrect technique can leave some of the
particles from the medicine on your tongue or throat, where it won’t help at all. A spacer, or holding chamber, is an attachment
that should always be used with your inhaler. The spacer holds the medicine in place so
you can breathe it in easier. Now let’s demonstrate how to correctly use
a spacer and mouthpiece. First, remove the cap from the bottom of your
inhaler. When you get your new inhaler from the pharmacy,
you need to “prime” or “waste” it by spraying the medicine into the air 4 times. Now, fit your inhaler into the opening at
the end of the spacer. Shake the inhaler well for 10 seconds. Turn your head to the side and breathe out. Close mouth around mouthpiece of spacer. Push down on the inhaler once. Now the medicine is inside the spacer. Right away, take a slow, deep breath. The goal is to not hear a whistling sound. If you do, this means that you’re breathing
in too fast. Hold your breath for a count of 10. Now, slowly breathe out. Rinse your mouth out with water, or brush
teeth, or get a drink after using controller medicines, such as inhaled steroids. Many times, the correct dose of your medicine
will be to inhale 2 puffs. If this is what is prescribed for you, then
wait one minute after the first puff, and then follow all of the steps again. Remember if you have questions, call your
doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

46 thoughts on “Asthma how-to: How to use an inhaler with a spacer and mouthpiece

  1. hi i like your video. especially your tips about using asthma inhalers. i also found product helpful for asthma test. is name is Knewreck Asthma Eradicator Guide. if anyone is interested do a google search.

  2. I was prescribed an inhaler yesterday do to rare lung disease known as lymphangioleimyomatosis. LAM for short. It is progressive and early stages mimic the symptoms of asthma. I figured why not talk to my pulmonologist and try it out to help my coughing. So far the coughing decreased a lot. However, my chest still feels tight. Maybe I'm still getting used to it.

  3. Am I the only one that feels like my lungs open up quicker, and fuller without a spacer?

    It seems like every time ive used a spacer, it would take double the time to really open up my lungs, compared to not using a spacer, and just using the inhaler by itself.

    I'd really like some input on this, since I'm down to my last inhaler that insurance will cover. I wasn't born with asthma, so it's not soemthing I need all the time. Only during certain times.

  4. The whistling was driving me crazy. After watching this video, I realized I was breathing in too fast. Once I breathed in more slowly…no whistling! Thank you for the info!

  5. You people that don't have asthma your very lucky last month I was a priority call. Code 3
    (Code 3 = lights and sirens

  6. I have had asthma for 42 years. I was hospitalized for 3 days in 2016, this is the first I found out of the chamber. I don't leave the house without it. It definitely gets in my lungs. I am very disappointed in my prior asthma doctors that NEVER recommended this. It should be a given if you have asthma.

  7. If you don't mind me asking. My inhaler says two puffs twice a day so does that mean 4 puffs in total?

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