14 doctors weighed in:

How do you use the pocket chamber spacer for an asthma inhaler?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
10 doctors agree

In brief: My method

The pocket chamber spacer has a lot going for it - small size, smaller price.
Like all modern inhaler devices it has a one-way valve so your exhaled breath does not return to the holding chamber. (1) activate inhaler (2) begin inhaling within 1 second (3) inhale slowly to a count of 5 (1, one thousand, 2...) (4) hold breath to count of 10 (5) exhale (6) wait 30 seconds (7) repeat with 2nd dose.

In brief: My method

The pocket chamber spacer has a lot going for it - small size, smaller price.
Like all modern inhaler devices it has a one-way valve so your exhaled breath does not return to the holding chamber. (1) activate inhaler (2) begin inhaling within 1 second (3) inhale slowly to a count of 5 (1, one thousand, 2...) (4) hold breath to count of 10 (5) exhale (6) wait 30 seconds (7) repeat with 2nd dose.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great collaboration. Wishing you'all the very best.
Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Demonstration

The technique for use of a spacer is about the same as when you don't use one.
It is important to use spacers with toddlers, but most older children and adults can use their inhalers almost as effectively without one. In fact, some asthmatics don't use their inhalers at all because they don't want to lug a spacer around and clean it. For a demo, go to http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=yyebhte97se.

In brief: Demonstration

The technique for use of a spacer is about the same as when you don't use one.
It is important to use spacers with toddlers, but most older children and adults can use their inhalers almost as effectively without one. In fact, some asthmatics don't use their inhalers at all because they don't want to lug a spacer around and clean it. For a demo, go to http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=yyebhte97se.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors