Inhalers send medicine directly to your lungs. This is different from most pills or shots,
which send medicine to the whole body. Be
sure you understand how to use each of your inhalers.
can I learn to use my inhaler?
Your pharmacist or prescriber can show you how to use
your inhaler. Bring your inhalers to the
pharmacy or to prescriber appointments. Show
them how you use it. They can give you
tips, in case you are having any problems.
Ask your pharmacist or prescriber these questions:
- Do I need to shake my inhaler before using
- Do I need to “prime” my inhaler with test
sprays? If so, how and when?
- Should I clean my inhaler? If so, with what (e.g., dry cloth, damp
cloth, running water)?
all inhalers are the same.
See the differences between the different types of
inhalers. Have your healthcare provider
fill in the names of the inhalers you’re using below.
|Metered-dose Inhalers:||Dry-powder Inhalers:||Soft-mist Inhalers:|
|Shake most before use||Do not shake||Do not shake|
|Prime most before first use||No need to prime||Prime before first use|
|Slow deep breath||Quick deep breath||Slow deep breath|
inhalers prevent symptoms and reduce
rescue inhaler use. Controller inhalers should
be used every day. Your controller
inhaler(s) are _____________________________________.
inhalers are used when you have new
or worsening shortness of breath. Rescue
inhalers are used as needed. Your rescue
inhaler is ________________________.
do I need to know if I use more than one inhaler at the same time?
It is important to use your inhalers in the right
order. This will help them work better.
- Bronchodilators relax and open your
airways. (Inhaler name:____________________)
- Always use the
- Steroids decrease swelling in your
airways. (Inhaler name:_____________________)
- After using your
steroid inhaler, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out.
run out of your inhaler.
- Make sure you have enough medicine in your
- Most inhalers have counters to keep track
of how many doses are left.
- If your inhaler does not have a counter, keep
track of how many doses you have used.
- Don’t remove inhalers from original
packaging until you need them.
- Some expire a few weeks or months after
removal from the foil pouch.
- Your pharmacist will tell you the last date
you should use these inhalers.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to reorder
- Give yourself enough time so you don’t go
without these important medicines.
should I store my inhaler?
- Keep inhalers at room temperature. Don’t leave inhalers in your car. It might get too hot or too cold.
- If you are going out and may need your
inhaler, keep it with you (on your person).
may not cover all possible information.
It does not replace the need for professional medical care. Always follow the instructions from your
healthcare provider.] [July 2019; 350707]