Using your inhaler (puffer) properly is important when you have asthma.
This short clip shows you how to use a flutiform inhaler with a spacer
A flutiform inhaler is a metered dose inhaler (pMDI), and contains fluticasone propionate and eformoterol.
* If you find it difficult to take one big breath, you can instead take 3–4 regular breaths in and out through the spacer
If the inhaler is brand new or you haven’t used it for a week or more, you will need to prime the inhaler before taking a dose. Check the package insert for instructions.
Not breathing in quickly enough after pressing the canister, so the medication falls to the bottom of the spacer
Not breathing in deeply enough
Not holding breath for long enough
Taking several puffs without waiting or shaking the inhaler in between
Looking after your spacer properly helps the medication get to your lungs better, as it doesn't stick to the sides or get clogged in the valve
Using a spacer can help reduce the chance of side-effects like hoarse throat and thrush
Ask your pharmacist about a facemask if you can't seal your lips around the spacer mouthpiece properly
Rinse your mouth with water and spit after inhaling the last dose to reduce the risk of side-effects
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or asthma & respiratory educator to:
Explain how your inhaler should be used
Check you are using your inhaler properly
Tell you where to find the expiry date on your inhaler
Show you how to check if your inhaler is empty or nearly empty
Discuss any unwanted effects from your medication
Explain how to clean your inhaler and spacer
Different brands of inhalers sometimes have slightly different instructions to each other for similar steps. The checklists in our How-To Video library have been simplified and standardised where possible to reduce confusion.
Your inhaler will come with instructions in the package. Always check the package insert for any specific instructions.
See our complete How-to video library for other inhaler types and how to use them.
Thanks to Ms Judi Wicking, asthma and respiratory educator, and the patient who participated in this film clip.
Development of this How-to video was supported by an untied educational grant from Mundipharma. The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.
Although all care has been taken, this video is a general guide only, which is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including for negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained herein.
Note: flutiform is the registered trade mark of Jagotec AG used under licence by Mundipharma Pty Limited. Mundipharma Pty Limited ABN 87 081 322 509, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. Tel: 1800 188 009.