How to Use an Inhaler with a Spacer

December 20, 2012 1 min read

Vortex Holding ChamberInhalers are often the first line of defense against life threatening asthma attacks. For many, they provide nearly instant relief by opening up airways to make it easier to breath. However, for some, they can be tricking to operate, leaving them with less than optimal treatment. You must coordinate your inhale at the exact moment you release the medication for the treatment to be effective. Utilizing an inhaler spacer (also known as an inhaler chamber) helps children and adults alike to receive a better inhaler treatment with less waste. Read on to find out how to use an inhaler and spacer properly.

To use an inhaler with a spacer:

  1. Exhale as strongly as possible.Little girl with inhaler spacer
  2. Press down on your inhaler to release medicine. You should hear an audible “puff” and see the medication released into the chamber.
  3. Slowing inhale the medicine from the chamber. Some chambers have an audible “whistle” of you inhale too strongly.
  4. Hold your breath for at least 3 seconds, giving the medication time to deposit in your lungs.
  5. Exhale slowly.

Many spacers are available with masks, which allow parents and caregivers to assist in the treatment of their loved ones. Be sure to clean your spacer after each use so it is ready if the need to use it again arises.