Inhalers play an important role in the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. When used correctly they can help stabilise the condition and reduce flare ups or exacerbations.
It is vital that the correct technique is used for each different device: the following provides some links to some of the most common devices. Please take the time to watch those relevant to yourself or a family member.
If you are not sure if your technique is correct or are not able to use the device as recommended please speak to your local pharmacist, specialist health care provider or GP practice who can review your technique and offer an alternative inhaler if required.
You should never use another person’s inhaler even if you have the same condition as strengths and ingredients can differ between devices.
- Asthma UK – Inhaler videos
- Asthma UK – Spacer Tidal breathing
- Asthma UK – Spacer single breath and hold
Some people require supplementary oxygen to maintain the required oxygen levels in their blood. This is not always linked to levels of breathlessness, but is due to the fact their lungs are no longer able to function as they are designed: increasing oxygen to the heart and body and removing carbon dioxide.
If your health care provider thinks you may require supplementary oxygen you will be referred for an assessment to determine if it is necessary and also the amount of oxygen required.