How to Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler with a Valved Holding Chamber (Spacer) and Mask

Proper inhaler device technique is important when taking your medicine(s). Learn the correct way to use your Metered-Dose Inhaler with a Valved Holding Chamber (Spacer) and mask.

Learn how to use a Metered-Dose Inhaler with a Valved Holding Chamber (spacer) with mask.

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How to use a meter dose inhaler with
 a valved holding chamber

 

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and mask, also sometimes referred
 to as a spacer.

 

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Check the dose counter on
 the inhaler.

 

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Do not use it if it says zero. Zero
 means the inhaler is empty

 

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and needs to be replaced. 

 

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Prime a brand new inhaler before
 using it for

 

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the first time. 

 

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This prepares the inhaler for use.
 

 

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Prime the inhaler by shaking the inhaler for 10 seconds
 and spraying two or

 

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four puffs into the air based on
 your medicine instructions.

 

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Prime again if you have not used
 this inhaler for 1 to 2

 

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weeks or have dropped it.
 

 

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Priming does not waste doses. 

 

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To take a dose, 

 

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shake the inhaler to mix
 the medicine.

 

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Take the cap off the inhaler. 

 

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Make sure the mouthpiece and valved
 holding chamber are clean

 

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and there is nothing inside
 the mouthpiece.

 

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Place the inhaler mouthpiece into
 the open end of the

 

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valved holding chamber. 

 

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Place the mask onto the mouthpiece
 of the chamber.

 

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Some chambers may already have the
 mask attached.

 

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Prepare your body by sitting or standing
 up straight.

 

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Place the mask over the individual's
 nose and mouth,

 

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making a tight seal. 

 

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Hold the inhaler with your pointer
 finger on the top of

 

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the inhaler and thumb on
 the bottom.

 

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Press down on the inhaler once to
 release the medicine.

 

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Hold mask on individual's face while
 they take six regular

 

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breaths or for about 10
 seconds.

 

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If the holding chamber
 whistles, you are

 

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breathing in too fast. 

 

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Repeat these steps in
 one minute if using more than one puff.

 

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Rinse your mouth with water
 and spit it out.

 

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Once finished, wipe your face with
 a damp cloth.

 

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Store in a cool, dry place. 

 

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Clean your inhaler, chamber, or
 spacer with mask according to

 

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their package instructions. 

 

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If you have trouble using the inhaler
 correctly, ask your

 

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pharmacist or doctor for help. 

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