Why should I use a spacer?
More medication gets into your lungs than if you use a puffer on its own.
A spacer reduces the local side effects of inhaled steroids in preventer medications, because less of the medication sticks in your mouth and throat.
You don’t need to co-ordinate pressing your puffer and breathing in at the same time
Reliever medication via a spacer is at least as effective as via a nebuliser in an asthma attack. The medication is absorbed faster and in a lower dose than with a nebuliser. The lower dose reduces the risk of side effects, such as fast heart rate and tremor.
A spacer is always recommended for use with a puffer. While the majority of people believe they know how to use their asthma inhaler, it is thought up to 90% don’t use their device/s properly. This means you may not receive the full benefit of medication.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of as you may never have been shown how to use your inhaler. Even if you have, research has shown a regular review of technique prevents bad habits.
The impact of not using your inhaler properly can have many effects on your life, such as waking at night, less participation in things you enjoy, and greater use of an inhaler. Filling prescriptions more often may lead to an increased spend on asthma medications.
Incorrect use of an inhaler may mean more GP or hospital visits, and for higher medication doses than you would otherwise need.
At Gayndah and Mundubbera Guardian Pharmacies, our pharmacists are here to help you get your asthma in check. Make your local pharmacy your health destination.