How to use an Easyhaler inhaler

Are you using your Easyhaler correctly? Get the technique right and help manage your symptoms better. Find out how in this short video.

Hi I'm Caroline. I'm a respiratory nurse. I'm going to show you how to use an Easyhaler. This is a dry powder device or DPI. Getting your inhaler technique right is very important because it helps you manage symptoms better. It may take a few tries to feel comfortable using your inhaler, but it does get easier with practice. To use your inhaler, first take the cap off. Check there's nothing inside the mouthpiece. Check the dose counter to make sure the inhaler isn't empty. Next, hold the inhaler upright and shake it well. Don't tip the inhaler upside down as the powder may fall out. Push down on the coloured button until you hear it click. Then release it. Your dose is now ready. Sit or stand up straight and slightly tilt your chin up as it helps the medicine reach your lungs. The next steps all happen smoothly in one action. Breathe out gently and slowly away from the inhaler, until your lungs feel empty and you feel ready to breathe in. Put your lips around the mouthpiece to make a tight seal, then breathe in quickly and deeply until your lungs feel full. Take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for up to ten seconds or for as long as you comfortably can. Breathe out gently away from your inhaler. If you've been prescribed a second puff, shake the inhaler again and repeat the steps. When you've finished, replace the cap. If you've used an inhaler that contains steroids, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out to reduce the chance of side effects. For more tips on using your inhaler, why not watch our other videos.

The UK Inhaler Group includes leading respiratory health organisations and professional societies.

This video is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you find it hard to use your inhaler, or find breathing problems are interfering with your daily life and sleep, see your GP. If you are having an asthma attack right now or cannot breathe normally and your blue reliever inhaler isn't helping or if you don’t have one, please call 999 for an ambulance. Asthma + Lung UK does not endorse nor recommend specific products. See our general disclaimer.

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