How to Use Your Asthma Medication Device

MDI with spacer Instructions

  1. Shake MDI well for 10-15 seconds
  2. Remove cap and attach MDI to spacer
  3. Exhale completely
  4. Place mouthpiece in mouth making tight seal
  5. Spray one puff into the spacer
  6. Take a slow deep inhalation taking 3-5 seconds (you shouldn’t hear the inspiratory flow signal)
  7. Hold breath for 5-10 seconds
  8. Remove mouth from spacer and exhale
  9. Repeat process for second puff.

MDI with spacer and mask

  1. Shake MDI well for 10-15 seconds
  2. Remove cap and attach MDI to spacer
  3. Fit mask snugly on face with tight seal
  4. Spray one puff into the spacer
  5. Child should breathe 4-6 full breaths (you shouldn’t hear the inspiratory flow signal)
  6. Remove spacer and mask from face
  7. Repeat process for second puff

Cleaning Instructions for HFA MDIs – Should be done weekly

  1. Remove canister from the actuator (plastic covering)
  2. Wash the actuator top and bottom with warm running water for 30 seconds
  3. Do not allow canister to become wet
  4. Shake to remove excess water and allow to air-dry overnight

Dry Powder Inhaler Technique

  1. Load dose into the device as directed
  2. Turn head away from DPI and breathe out completely
  3. Place teeth over mouthpiece and seal lips around it (Don’t allow tongue to block inhaler)
  4. Inhale quickly and deeply through your mouth
  5. Remove inhaler from mouth
  6. Hold breath for 10 seconds
  7. Repeat if second dose is prescribed