Frequently Asked Questions on Spacers/Inhalers


What is an inhaler?

An inhaler is a small, medical device designed to deliver medication into the lungs of a patient with respiratory problems. Inhalers are required by those suffering from asthma and with breathing problems due to nasal congestion, etc. It provides short-term relief from wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing spasms. Medicine is put into an inhaler and the user puffs on the inhaler. The medicine goes directly into the airways on breathing in for immediate relief.

What is a spacer?

A spacer, also referred to as a holding chamber, is a large plastic or metal device which enhances the use of an inhaler. It has a mouthpiece on one end and an opening at the other end to which the aerosol inhaler is connected.

How to clean an inhaler?
  • Remove metal canister from the L-shaped plastic mouthpiece
  • Using warm water to rinse mouthpiece and cap  
  • Keep them out to air-dry overnight
  • The next day put the canister back inside and put cap on  
  • Rinsing other parts is not recommended
What is a metered dose inhaler?

A metered dose inhaler, or MDI, is a device that supplies lungs with a specified amount of medication. This is delivered in short bursts of aerosolized medicine self-administered by the patient. A MDI is generally used in the treatment of asthma, chronic pulmonary and other respiratory diseases.

How to use spacer with an inhaler?
  1. Assemble spacer
  2. Remove cap from the bottom of inhaler
  3. Check counter of dose
  4. Hold inhaler straight and shake it
  5. Attach the inhaler into the opening at one end of the spacer
  6. Put the mouthpiece between the teeth and close lips to create a good seal
  7. Gently breathe out into spacer
  8. Keep spacer horizontally and press firmly over inhaler canister
  9. Breathe in and out for 3 or 4 normal breaths
  10. Remove spacer from mouth and breathe out gently
  11. Detach inhaler from spacer
  12. Put back cap on inhaler