Why should I use a spacer?

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVICE, TRUST, CARE FOR YOUR HEALTH -

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.

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