How to use a Respimat inhaler

Expert medical advice for using a Respimat inhaler

Are you using your inhaler correctly? Getting the technique right will help you manage your symptoms better. Find out how in this video.

Video: Expert medical advice for using a Respimat inhaler

Are you using your inhaler correctly? Getting the technique right will help you manage your symptoms better. Find out how in this video.

0:00 Hello, I’m Omar Usmani. I’m a Consultant Respiratory Physician. I’m going to show you how to use a Respimat inhaler, also known as a soft-mist inhaler. Getting your inhaler technique right is very important because it helps you manage symptoms better. It may take a few tries to feel comfortable using your inhaler, but it does get easier with practice. If your inhaler is new, you will now need to prime it so you can use it for the first time: Hold your inhaler upright, with the cap closed. Twist the base in the direction of the arrows until it clicks. Push up the catch on the side of the inhaler and open the cap. Point the inhaler towards the floor away from you and press the big grey button. Close the cap. If you do not see a white cloud, repeat this sequence until you see a cloud. If you have not used your inhaler for one to three weeks, you will need to repeat this priming sequence once. If you have not used your inhaler for more than three weeks, you will need to repeat this priming sequence three times in total. You should only twist the base when the cap is closed, otherwise the inhaler may spray a dose as you twist the base. Your inhaler is now ready for use: First, check the dose counter to make sure the inhaler is not empty Hold the inhaler upright, with the cap closed. Twist the base in the direction of the arrows until it clicks. Push up the catch on the side of the inhaler and open the cap. Hold the inhaler horizontally. Check that there is nothing inside the inhaler mouthpiece. Sit or stand up straight and slightly tilt your chin up, as it helps the medicine reach your lungs. The next steps all happen smoothly in one action: Breathe out gently and slowly away from the inhaler until your lungs feel empty and you feel ready to breathe in. Put your lips around the mouthpiece of the inhaler to make a tight seal without blocking the two holes on either side. Start to breathe in slowly and steadily and, at the same time, press the big grey button on the inhaler once. Continue to breathe in slowly until your lungs feel full. Take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds, or for as long as you comfortably can. Then breathe out gently, away from your inhaler. When you have finished, replace the cap on the inhaler. If you’ve used an inhaler that contains steroids, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out to reduce the chance of side effects. For more tips on using your inhaler, why not watch our other videos.

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