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Inhalation is the best way to take most asthma medications. We now know that asthma medication given through a puffer and spacer relieves asthma symptoms just as well as a nebuliser.
The benefits of using a puffer and spacer are that they are:
It is important to remember the following when using a puffer and spacer:
If a second dose is needed, shake the puffer again and repeat steps 4-7. You can shake the puffer while it is still attached/connected to the spacer.
Make sure you have been shown how to use the spacer and that you have practiced and understand it before you leave the hospital.
(eg Aerochamber or Space Chamber or e-chamber La Petite Spacer)
If further puffs are needed, shake the puffer again and repeat steps 4-7.
For spacers with removable valves (eg Breath-A-Tech): ensure the 4 holes in the valve fit over the location pegs. Spare valves can be purchased from your local chemist.