Chapter

Inhalers

Graeme P. Currie

in Asthma

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199638918.003.0005

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Inhalers

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• Correct inhaler technique is an integral component in the management of asthma and should be assessed at every available opportunity as technique often declines over time • Patients should be given specific instructions on use of the particular inhaler and be able to use it with confidence • Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) reduce the need for co-ordination and are easier to use than pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) • Spacer devices help overcome problems with co-ordination encountered with metered dose inhalers (MDIs) and reduce pharyngeal deposition • If a patient is unable to use a particular device, an alternative should be considered.

Chapter.  2116 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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