A metered-dose inhaler is a pressurized container that releases a mist of medicine. You inhale the medicine into the airways of your lungs.
A device called a spacer can be used with an inhaler to help you breathe in more of the medicine into your lungs with each spray. You attach one end of the spacer to the inhaler and put the other end into your mouth.
Metered dose inhalers contain a gas that helps the medicine get into your lungs. Inhalers used to contain CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) gas, which is harmful to the environment. A different gas is now used in inhalers. The spray comes out with less force, is warmer, and has a slightly different taste than the CFS gas. You won’t feel it as much in the throat when you inhale the medicine, but you still get the right amount of medicine.
To attach the inhaler to the spacer:
To use the inhaler with the spacer:
Wash the spacer and the plastic case for the inhaler once a week with soapy tap water. Rinse well and let the parts air dry.
Replace the one-way valve or get a new spacer when the valve dries out and starts to curl.