Generally, inhalers work better when used together with holding chambers. If you have trouble coordinating the release of your asthma medication from your MDI with your breathing, use a chamber device. When used properly, MDI’s with holding chambers have been shown to work as effectively as nebulizers.
There are five common asthma medication delivery systems:
- Metered-dose Inhalers (MDI’s)
- MDI’s with Holding Chamber (larger volume spacers with one-way valves)
- Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI)
- Autohalers (Breath-activated MDI’s)
Keep the following in mind concerning your MDI’s:
- Nebulizers are an effective option for you if you have problems using MDI’s.
- Try to always use a holding chamber when taking inhaled steroids (except DPI’s).
- Keep extra inhalers on hand (separate inhalers for work, home, school, child care).
- Use spacers every time you need to improve your inhaled medication delivery.
- See your health care provider regularly, as medicine doses or asthma severity may, and normally do, change over time.
- Remember to take inhaled medications before sports or exercise, if you need them.
- Always Use a peak flow meter to regularly monitor your asthma.