Learning how to use an asthma inhaler is easy, but even experienced asthmatics are often using theirs incorrectly. If you don't use your inhaler correctly, you are more likely to wake up at night, have asthma symptoms, need your inhaler more often, and spend more money on your medications than you should be.
A good rule of thumb is that when you need to use your reliever more often than three times per week, your asthma may not be under control. If this is the case, it may be causing permanent ongoing damage to your lungs
Here is some information about how to use your inhaler correctly:
Pressurized Metered Dose Inhalers (pMDI)
This is the classic "puffer" device that many people with asthma use. Brands include Airomir, Alvesco, Asmol, Atrovent, Flixotide, Intal, Qvar, Seretide, Tilade, and Ventolin.
Dry Powder Inhalers
These inhalers look more like plastic medication containers. There are two kinds -- an Accuhaler and a Turbuhaler. Brands include Bricanyl, Oxis, Pulmicort, and Symbicort. You should never use a spacer with these inhalers.
If your asthma isn't under control, is severe, or if you use a preventer, it may be appropriate to regularly review your asthma. Please ring to book an asthma review.