How to use the Ventolin Inhaler

When you first get a Ventolin inhaler your GP should instruct you on its correct use. This article may be used to help refresh your mind on how to use it. This can also be useful to check that your child or other dependants are using it correctly.

Why do I need to learn to use the Ventolin inhaler?

You might be wondering why there is a technique for using the Ventolin inhaler correctly. The main problem is that if its not used properly this can reduce the effectiveness of the system as less of the Ventolin is reaching the right cells in your lungs. This is potentially dangerous as if you are unable to breath properly the inhaler may no longer treat you, potentially a very dangerous situation.

How do I use the Ventolin inhaler?

When you first get an inhaler your doctor or pharmacist will be able to instruct you on the way to properly use it. This is important to make sure that you are getting the maximal amount of the Ventolin into your lungs, making sure that it is effective as a treatment.

If you haven't used your inhaler in a while it is best to check that it is still working by removing the cap and spraying a jet into the air. If it works fine then the next thing to do is either sit or stand up straight with your chin parallel to the ground. This will help to ensure that your airways are open and able to receive the Ventolin aerosol.

The next thing to do is to empty your lungs of air, place the inhaler opening into your mouth whilst making sure your teeth are not obstructing it and that you are forming an air tight seal around it with your lips. Now start to slowly breath in through the mouthpiece and as you are doing this press down firmly on the inhaler canister. This will release one dose of aerosolised medication which you should breath in deeply to make sure that it gets into your lungs. Now without breathing it out hold you breath for as long as you comfortably can.

If after approximately half a minute this method has not fully worked it is acceptable to repeat the process to alleviate any difficulty breathing if your doctor has instructed you to do this. Apart from this if you have noticed the effectiveness of your medication decrease it is advisable to consult your doctor as this may be an indication that your condition has worsened or that your medication needs changing. 

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