Using an Inhaler with a Spacer
- VHL HealthSheet #82455_VA
To control asthma, you need to use your medications the right way. Some medications are inhaled using a device called a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). Metered-dose inhalers use a fine spray to dispense medication. You may be asked to use a spacer (holding tube) with your inhaler. The spacer helps make sure all the medication you need goes into your lungs. Follow these steps.
Using Dry-Powder Inhalers (DPIs)
- VHL HealthSheet #86203_VA
Dry-powder inhalers use tiny grains of powder to dispense medication. These inhalers don’t require spacers. They often have counters that track how many doses you use. Keep in mind that dry-powder inhalers don’t all work the same way. So be sure you know how to use yours properly.
- VHL Video
An MDI is the most commonly used inhaler in treating lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. Unfortunately, many people who need an inhaler do not use it correctly, so they don't receive the full benefit of the medication. Watch this video to learn the best way to use your inhaler.