A metered-dose inhaler (MDI) is a hand-held device that releases a mist of medicine. Metered dose inhalers contain a gas that helps the medicine get into your lungs. Inhalers help send the medicine directly to your lungs as you take a deep breath.
A device called a spacer can be used with the inhaler. A spacer is a special bag or plastic tube that is attached to the inhaler. Spacers help when it is hard to press the inhaler at the same time that you breathe in the medicine. The spacer holds medicine in the bag or tube and:
Spacers can be used with or without a mask. Some spacers are made for just one type of inhaler.
Before the first use, wash the spacer with warm soapy water. Do not rinse. Allow to air dry.
To attach the inhaler to the spacer:
To use the inhaler with the spacer:
Wash the plastic case for the inhaler once a week with soapy tap water. Rinse well. Let it air dry.
Wash the spacer once a week with soapy tap water. Rinse well. Let it air dry.
Replace the one-way valve or get a new spacer when the valve dries out and starts to curl.