Inhalers: Am I doing this right?

Check out this brand-by-brand guide to using your inhaler most effectively


For folks that are new to inhalers or use them only for occasional flare-ups or seasonal symptoms, getting a new prescription can leave you with questions. One puff or two? For how long? Do I wait between puffs? What about kids?

While all inhalers contain the same basic ingredients – a steroid that relieves symptoms and a propellant to help deliver it to the lungs – the delivery methods are different.

To clear the air, Fairview Physicians Associates created a series of how-to videos for inhaler users. Just visit the site, select the device that looks like yours and push play to watch a pharmacist demonstrate how it should be used.

The site also has simple tip sheets and resources for those living with asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It covers how to use spacers, nebulizers, and peak flow meters, as well as material just for kids. There are also printable tip sheets on using and caring for each type of inhaler to store with your device at home. 

The better you know how to use your inhaler, the better it will help you stay well. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief.

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