With 90% of asthmatics not using their inhaler correctly, chances are you’re one of them.1 It’s a frightening statistic and one that we need to address, sooner rather than later.
For each device you are using, your technique can be checked by your Guardian pharmacist to ensure you are getting the maximum benefits of your medicine and reduce the chance of side effects. The pharmacist will direct you through the following 6 steps, and assess your technique.*
STEP 1 PRIME
Some devices must be primed prior to use. Your pharmacist will let you know if your device needs priming.
STEP 2 PREPARE
In order to prepare for your dose, you should breathe in, then breathe out (to the end of a normal breath). Do not have the inhaler device in your mouth when doing this.
STEP 3 SEAL
Seal your lips around the device.
STEP 4 ACTIVATE*
Release the dose for your device. Your pharmacist will show you how this is best done for your particular device. This step includes you receiving your dose (usually through an inwards breath – your pharmacist will guide you on this, depending on your device).
STEP 5 HOLD
After you have received a dose, hold your breath for 5–10 seconds. Then breathe out (away from the device).
STEP 6 RINSE
For some inhalers, you need to rinse your mouth out after use. Your pharmacist will let you know if you need to do this.
1 Evaluation of a novel educational strategy to improve asthma inhaler technique, 2008.
† Your doctor or pharmacist may provide you with different instructions for your device. Please follow the advice of your healthcare professional and if advised please use a spacer device as recommended.
* Repeat as directed by your healthcare professional.