Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Asthma Health Center

Font Size

How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler With an Inspirease Spacer

What is a metered dose inhaler with InspirEase Spacer?

Inhaled asthma medications are often delivered by using a device called a metered dose inhaler, or "MDI." The MDI is a small aerosol canister in a plastic holder. It delivers a burst of medication directly into the lungs.

To help make it easier for your child to use the MDI and ensure that the right amount of medication gets into the lungs, your child may be using an InspirEase spacer with the MDI. The purpose of the InspirEase is to hold the medication released from the MDI so that your child has time to inhale it into his lungs. Adults can also use the InspirEase, especially if they have problems using the MDI.

Recommended Related to Asthma

Winter Asthma

For many people, asthma attacks may happen more often in the winter.  "There are two challenges for people with asthma in the winter. One is that they spend more time inside. The other is that it’s cold outside," says H. James Wedner, MD, an asthma expert at Washington University in St. Louis. While you’re indoors, you breathe in asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander, dust mites, and even fires in the fireplace. When you venture out, you could have an asthma attack from inhaling the cold air...

Read the Winter Asthma article > >

How does my child use a metered dose inhaler with InspirEase spacer?

The InspirEase spacer consists of a mouthpiece and a reservoir bag. To use it correctly, follow the instructions below.

  1. Place the mouthpiece into the opening of the reservoir bag, making sure to line up the locking tabs. Twist clockwise to lock.
  2. Carefully untwist the reservoir bag until it is completely open.
  3. Remove the aerosol canister from its plastic holder.
  4. Shake the canister well.
  5. Insert the stem of the canister securely into the adapter port of the mouthpiece.
  6. Place the mouthpiece between the teeth and seal the lips tightly around it.
  7. Press down firmly on the canister to release one puff of medication into the reservoir bag.
  8. Breathe in slowly through your mouth. Continue to breathe in until the bag is completely closed. If you hear a whistling sound, breathe more slowly until the whistling stops.
  9. Hold your breath and count to five slowly (5 seconds). This allows the medication to settle in the airways of the lungs.
  10. Breathe out into the bag slowly.
  11. Take the mouthpiece out of your mouth and breathe normally.
  12. Repeat Steps 2-10, following the dosage prescribed by your doctor one puff from the MDI at a time, waiting a minimum of 3-5 minutes between puffs.

How do I care for a metered dose Inhaler with InspirEase spacer?

After use, take the aerosol canister out the mouthpiece and disconnect the reservoir bag from the mouthpiece. The InspirEase and aerosol canister can be stored in the carrying case provided.

Carefully wash and dry the mouthpiece once every day with warm water and a paper towel or lint-free cloth. This prevents the holes from getting clogged, which can affect the amount of medication released.

The reservoir bag should not be washed. Replace the bag about once every 2-4 weeks. Replace the bag immediately if it should become damaged in any way (a hole or tear in the bag).

Replacement parts for your InspirEase can be obtained through your pharmacy. Your child's doctor will provide a prescription for parts.

WebMD Medical Reference

When Is Your Asthma Worse?

When Is Your Asthma Worse?

Take the WebMD Asthma assessment to get Personalized Action Plan

Start Now

Today on WebMD

Distressed woman
Slideshow
Woman holding an asthma inhaler
Article
 
Get Personalized Asthma Advice
Health Check
asthma overview
Slideshow
 
Los Angeles skyline in smog
Slideshow
man in a field with allergies
Slideshow
 
Woman holding inhaler
VIDEO
Slideshow Allergy Myths and Facts
Slideshow
 

Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

It's nothing to sneeze at.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Thanks!

Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

Man outdoors coughing
Article
Lung and bronchial tube graphic
Article
 
10 Worst Asthma Cities
Slideshow
runner
Article