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Asthma Inhaler Education, Inhaler, Metered Dose Inhaler, MDI Proper Use, Inhaler Proper User, Dry Powder Inhaler, Dry Powder Inhaler Formulations, Soft Mist Inhaler, Smart Inhaler Technology

  • Precautions
  1. Each Inhaler type has unique best usage recommendations
  2. Try to prescribe Inhalers with the same delivery methods to optimize compliance
  • Technique
  • Aerosol or HFA Metered Dose Inhaler (e.g. Albuterol MDI)
  1. Preparation
    1. Shake before use (mixes medication and propellant)
    2. Uncap Inhaler
    3. Prime once before first use
    4. Attach Inhaler Spacer
  2. Take a deep breath and then expire all air out
  3. Place Inhaler with spacer to lips
  4. Start to breath in while pressing the Inhaler to release medication
  5. Inhale slowly and deeply and then hold breath for 10 seconds
  1. Precautions
    1. Never take the powders orally (and keep separate from oral medications)!
    2. Do not shake before use (contrast with MDI)
  2. Preparation
    1. Uncap the device
    2. Load the powder caps or other formulation as directed
    3. No Inhaler Spacer is needed
  3. Inhalation
    1. Place Inhaler with spacer to lips, holding it in level position
    2. Start to breath in while pressing the Inhaler to release medication
    3. Inhale deeply, and in contrast to MDI, inhale rapidly
    4. Then hold breath for 10 seconds
    5. Then expire all air out and avoid exhaling on device (prevents wetting the powder)
  1. Do not shake before use
  2. Breath in slowly and deeply while activating the Inhaler (as with MDI)
  • Preparations
  • Adjuncts
  1. Smart Inhaler Technology
    1. Add-on sensors (e.g. Hailie, Propeller) attach to Inhalers (or built in sensor for Proair Digihaler)
    2. Sensors relay Inhaler use and inspiratory flow to synchronized mobile applications
    3. May increase Inhaler compliance, but cost $160 and typically not covered by insurance
    4. (2019) Presc Lett 26(7): 41
  • References
  1. (2017) Presc Lett 24(1): 3-4