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Do I need a spacer in my inhaler?

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A spacer is a tube that attaches to the inhaler and holds the medication until you can breathe it in. This makes the device easier to use and helps get the medication into your lungs. Not all inhalers are used with a spacer, so ask your pharmacist if you need one.

Spacers with masks are available for small children or anyone else who can’t breathe in through a standard spacer.

See WebMD’s articles for instructions on using an MDI inhaler with a spacer, without a spacer, and with a mask spacer.

From: Asthma Inhalers WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)."  Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler." Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, But Costlier."  American College of Chest Physicians: "Using Your MDI-Closed Mouth Technique, Patient Education Guide."  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): "Cumulative effects of formoterol administered by a dry powder inhaler;" "Inhalers;" and "Anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled steroids delivered by HFA-MDI vs delivery by dry powder inhaler." News release, Merck. Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.







Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)."  Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler." Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, But Costlier."  American College of Chest Physicians: "Using Your MDI-Closed Mouth Technique, Patient Education Guide."  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): "Cumulative effects of formoterol administered by a dry powder inhaler;" "Inhalers;" and "Anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled steroids delivered by HFA-MDI vs delivery by dry powder inhaler." News release, Merck. Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.







Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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