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Spacer use - series

 

Spacer use - part one

Spacers (also called holding chambers) work with your metered dose inhaler (MDI) to deliver inhaled medication more easily and effectively, and can reduce side effects.

Spacers hold the "puff" of medicine between you and the MDI, so that you can inhale it slowly and more completely. As a result, more of the medicine gets into your airways.

Spacer use - part one
Spacer use - part two

First, insert the MDI mouthpiece firmly into the oval opening at the end of the spacer.

Spacer use - part two
Spacer use - part three

Hold your spacer and inhaler together and shake well, at least four or five times.

Spacer use - part three
Spacer use - part four

Place the spacer in your mouth, and close your lips firmly around the mouthpiece.

Spacer use - part four
Spacer use - part five

Keep your body straight and your eyes forward. Exhale.

Spacer use - part five
Spacer use - part six

Spray one puff of medicine into the spacer, and immediately begin to inhale slowly for three to five seconds, taking a full deep breath.

Spacer use - part six
Spacer use - part seven

Remove the spacer from your mouth. Hold your breath for as long as you can for up to 10 seconds. Breathe out slowly.

If your doctor has instructed you to take more than one puff of medication, repeat this procedure.

Spacer use - part seven

Review Date: 5/21/2009
Reviewed By: Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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