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How to use Accuhaler

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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 an Accuhaler.

Medications

An Accuhaler is used with a number of different medications. These include:

Checklist of steps

  1. Check dose counter
  2. Open cover (use thumb grip)
  3. Load dose: keep device horizontal while sliding lever until it clicks (Do not shake)
  4. Breathe out gently (away from inhaler)
  5. Place mouthpiece in mouth (without biting) and close lips to form a good seal. (Keep inhaler horizontal)
  6. Breathe in steadily and deeply
  7. Hold breath for about 5 seconds or as long as comfortable
  8. While holding breath, remove inhaler from mouth
  9. Breathe out gently (away from inhaler)
  10. Close cover to click shut
  11. If more than one dose is needed,* repeat all steps starting from step 2

* Not usually appropriate for medicines delivered by Accuhaler.

Your inhaler will come with instructions in the package. Always check the package insert for any specific instructions.

Common problems

Tips

Getting the most out of your inhaler

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or asthma & respiratory educator to:

Other inhaler types

See our complete How-to video library for other inhaler types and how to use them.

Acknowledgement

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 the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs as part of the Prevent Puffer Problems campaign. The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control.