How To Use Your Metered Dose Inhaler

Instructions For Use

  1. Remove the cap
  2. Attach the spacer
  3. Shake the inhaler
  4. Take in a deep breath through your nose and exhale completely
  5. Place the spacer in your mouth. Your mouth should fit loosely
  6. around the spacer
  7. Compress the canister while breathing in slowly and deeply
  8. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale
  9. Wait one minute. Repeat steps 2-8 for each puff your doctor
    has prescribed

IMPORTANT! Rinse your mouth with water and spit after using your steroid inhaler

Purpose of Spacer

  • Decreases the risk of getting a yeast infection in the mouth (oral thrush)
  • Increases the delivery of medicine to your lungs
  • Helps you to not cough when using the inhaler
  • Makes it easier to use the inhaler the right way

Daily Cleaning of the Metered Dose Inhaler

  • Remove the metal canister from the plastic case
  • Rinse the plastic case, cap, and spacer well in warm water
  • Dry fully or lie on a lint-free towel and let dry overnight
  • Replace the canister in its case with a twisting motion; replace the cap

Weekly Cleaning of the Spacer (Holding Chamber)

  • Wash with mild detergent and water
  • Rinse well with water
  • Allow to air dry completely

How to Know When You Need a New Inhaler

  • Write the total number of puffs listed on the inhaler label: ______
  • Write the number of puffs that you are told to take daily: ______
  • Divide the total puffs on the inhaler label (larger number) by the puffs per day (smaller number); this will give you the number of days your inhaler will last
  • Mark the date your inhaler will run out on your calendar
  • For quick-relief inhalers, write the number of puffs listed on the label; use your peak flow diary or a calendar to keep track of the number of puffs you are using

: This material provides general information only. It should not be used in place of the advice, instructions, or treatment given by your doctor or other health care professional.