Incorrect technique when taking inhaled medications frequently prevents patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from receiving the maximal benefit from their medications.
This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:
National Asthma Council Australia.
Inhaler technique for people with asthma or COPD.
National Asthma Council Australia, Melbourne, 2016
A production error was identified after this information paper was printed. The error has been corrected in the online version of the resources. If you have a printed version, please amend your copy accordingly.
In Table 1 (page3), the Mist Inhaler Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) has been removed as this product is not available in Australia.
Checklist for MDI plus spacer (page 8), instruction of ‘while holding breath’ has been removed as this was a typographical error.
Our library of How-To videos includes clips showing the correct use of various asthma and COPD inhalers. There are also clips showing correct use of allergy nasal sprays.
Although all care has been taken, this information paper is a general guide only, which is not intended to be 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 negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.
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