Using your inhaler (puffer) properly is important when you have asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
This short video shows you how to use a Zonda inhaler.
Zonda inhaler is used with the medication Braltus (tiotropium).
Checklist of steps
- Open cap
- Open mouthpiece
- Remove a capsule from the bottle and close the bottle tightly
- Place one capsule in the centre chamber
- Close mouthpiece until it clicks (leave cap open)
- Press piercing button in once and release
- Breathe out fully (away from mouthpiece)
- Place mouthpiece in mouth and close lips to form a good seal
- Breathe in slowly and deeply enough to hear or feel capsule vibrating inside the chamber
- Hold breath for 5 seconds or as long as comfortable while removing inhaler from mouth
- Breathe normally (away from mouthpiece)
- Repeat steps 7 - 11 to empty capsule completely
- Open mouthpiece and remove empty capsule
- Close mouthpiece
- Close cap
- The Zonda inhaler should only be used with the bottle of capsules provided. Do not reuse the inhaler for another bottle of capsules. There is a new inhaler provided with each pack
- Do not store the capsule in the inhaler
- Do not place a capsule directly into the mouthpiece
- Piercing the capsule several times or not piercing the capsule at all
- Not breathing in strongly enough to draw the medication out of the inhaler
- Not taking a second breath to receive the full dose from the capsule
- Swallowing the capsule instead of inhaling it through the Zonda inhaler
- Not using a new capsule for each dose
Getting the most out of your inhaler
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
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.
Other inhaler types
See our complete How-to video library for other inhaler types and how to use them.
Thanks to Ms Narelle Williamson, Asthma and Respiratory Educator, and the patient who participated in this film clip.
Development of this How-to video was supported by Viatris. The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.