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Inhaler Do's and Don'ts Tips

When it comes to treating your breathing problems such as asthma and COPD, inhalers are your best friends. Here are some tips that will help you use your inhaler efficiently and keep your breathing problem under control. Follow the instructions mentioned in the patient information leaflet to ensure that you’re using the inhaler in the right way (Click here to learn how to use inhalers)


  • Label your Controller and Reliever inhalers to avoid confusion.

  • Breathe out fully before inhaling the medication

  • After removing the inhaler from the mouth, hold your breath for about 10 seconds, or as long as it is comfortable.

  • If another dose is required, wait for at least 1 minute before taking the second dose.

  • Keep a check on the number of doses left in your inhaler.

  • In case of dose counters, when the color of the dose counter changes from green to red, indicating fewer doses, consider buying a new inhaler.

  • Follow the cleaning and washing instructions mentioned in the patient
    information leaflet.

  • Always keep your Reliever inhaler and doctor’s prescription handy while travelling
    while traveling.

  • Talk to your doctor and clarify any doubts you might have about the inhalers.

Do not-

  • Do not exhale into your inhaler.

  • In case of dose counters, do not tamper with the numbers on the dose counter.

  • Do not use the inhaler beyond the expiry date.

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose.

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