While Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI's) provide the quickest way for medicines to enter your lungs, often, the amount of coordination necessary can cause you, the asthmatic, to not take this medicine as efficiently as possible. That's where spacers (often called holding chambers) come in. Spacers discharge your medication into a chamber where it is held for a few seconds before and while you inhale. A spacer should be used with all inhaled corticosteroids.Consult an asthma specialist about using a spacer to control your asthma.
How to Use Your Spacer
There are several types of spacers. Your doctor will recommend which, if any, is best for you. Below are descriptions for the different types of spacers:
|Inspirease - The Inspirease spacer has a reservoir bag that folds that up like an accordion when you inhale.|
|Aerochamber - The Aerochamber has a whistle that lets you know if you are inhaling too quickly.|
|Aerochamber with Mask - If you are using an Aerochamber with Mask, be sure that your mask has a proper fit.|
Things to Remember
For more information about spacers and spacer usage, Contact the Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center at 205-871-9661.