A puffer is also known as a metered dose inhaler, or an aerosol.
In the puffer, the medicine is stored under pressure in the metal canister. When the puffer is fired, a fine mist of the medicine is produced that can be inhaled into the lungs. These devices work best with spacers (see the following section on puffers and spacers).
NOTE: It is recommended a puffer be used with a spacer to get the most medicine into your lungs. However, if one is not available, this is how to use it alone.
- Remove the cap.
- Hold the puffer upright and shake vigorously.
- Raise your chin and look straight ahead.
- Breathe out gently and fully (facing away from the inhaler).
- Place the puffer mouthpiece between your teeth and form a seal with your lips.
- As you slowly start to breathe in, fire the canister by pressing firmly and continue to breathe in deeply.
- Remove the puffer from your mouth and hold your breath for as long as comfortable.
- Breathe out gently.
- If you need to deliver two doses of your medicine, wait 30 to 60 seconds between doses and repeat steps 2 to 8.
- Replace cap.