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Using a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) with a spacer
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) -- Commonly called a pump or puffer
- When the inhaler is pumped, it gives just the right amount of medicine with each pump
- A spacer should always used when taking this medicine
- An inhaler can travel with you when you leave home
Spacers are always used with metered dose inhalers. It helps slow down the speed of the medicine so it can get into the lungs and not to other parts of the body.
Preparing to take an inhaler with a spacer
Step 1: Wash your hands!
|Step 2: Remove the cap from the mouthpiece of the metered dose inhaler|
|Step 3: Look in both ends of the spacer for any objects that don’t belong there|
|Step 4: Shake the MDI|
|Step 5: Put the mouthpiece of the MDI into the end of the spacer|
Using an inhaler with a spacer
|Step 1: Take a deep breath in and blow the air out of your lungs|
|Step 2: Put the mouthpiece of the spacer in your mouth and wrap your lips around tightly|
|Step 3: Squeeze one puff of the inhaler into the spacer|
|Step 4: Breathe in slowly through the mouthpiece until you can’t breathe in anymore (if you hear a noise from the spacer, take a slower breath)|
|Step 5: Remove the spacer from your mouth, close your mouth, and hold your breath for 10 seconds|
|Step 6: Blow the air out of the lungs|
|Step 7: Repeat steps 1 to 6 for every puff you take|
How to clean a spacer
- Remove the inhaler from the spacer.
- If possible, take the pieces of the spacer apart.
- Soak (do not scrub)the pieces of the spacer in warm soapy water for 10 minutes.
- Rinse the spacer with warm water to remove any leftover soap.
- Let all the parts dry completely before putting the spacer back together.
- Wash at least once a week.
- One spacer can be used for all of your metered dose inhalers. You do not need a separate spacer for each inhaler.
- A spacer should last at least one year.
- Check your medicine to make sure it is not expired.