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What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 25 years experience
Use a spacer: The easiest way to use an inhaler is with a spacer. You're much more likely to do it correctly. The inhalation for an hfa inhaler is a slow inhalation through the spacer. Dry powder inhalers are used differently, so make sure you review with your doctor or pharmacist the proper way for your inhaler.
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 46 years experience
Try counting to five as you inhale and then hold your breath for 10 seconds.
Oct 15, 2011
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
If no spacer is available, Exhale completely. Hold your breath while you are placing inhaler in your mouth. Begin inhalation simultaneously with activation of the inhaler. Count to 10 and then exhale.
Nov 11, 2011
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Inhaler technique: Here is a link to one of many videos demonstrating proper technique. I prefer that all patients use an aerochamber (spacer) with asthma inhalers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwby_uasvhq.
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