Using an Inhaler with a Spacer
To control asthma, you need to use your medications the right way. Some medications are inhaled using a device called a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). Metered-dose inhalers use a fine spray to dispense medication. You may be asked to use a spacer (holding tube) with your inhaler. The spacer helps make sure all the medication you need goes into your lungs.
Steps for Using an Inhaler with a Spacer
Remove the caps from the inhaler and spacer.
Shake the inhaler well and attach the spacer. If the inhaler is being used for the first time or has not been used for a while, prime it as directed by its maker.
Spray 1 puff into the spacer by pressing down on the inhaler.
Then slowly breathe in through your mouth as slowly and deeply as you can. This should take about 5-10 seconds. (If you breathe too quickly, you may hear a whistling sound in the spacer.)
Take the spacer out of your mouth(optional-may leave in mouth)
Hold your breath for a count of 10.
Then pucker your lips and slowly breathe out through your mouth
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