Inhalers are used by thousands of people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland every day to manage a range of conditions. They are used by people of all ages and it’s important for you and anyone in your care to know all about how to get the most from your inhalers.

To help you we’ve developed a hub of information all about proper inhaler technique, different types of inhalers, how to manage and keep your medication and more.

Here’s a simple 7 step guide for effective inhaler useage:

Step one: Prepare the inhaler device.

Step two: Prepare or load the dose. 

Step three: Breathe out gently as far as is comfortable, not into the inhaler. 

Step four: Tilt the chin up slightly and put the mouth peice in your mouth and close your lips around it. 

Step five:

  • Dry Powder Inhaler: Breathe in as quickly and deeply as possible
  • Aerosol: Breathe in slowly and steadily.


Step six: Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds or  as long as possible. 

Step seven: Wait 30 seconds then REPEAT steps 1-6 for a second dose, if needed. Close inhaler or replace lid as appropriate. 

What does an inhaler do?

Inhalers are devices that deliver a medicine directly into the lungs to help control your breathing symptoms. Inhaling medicines mean you need a smaller dose than if the medicine was taken as a tablet or liquid by mouth. Inhaled medicines are the main treatment for asthma and other types of lung disease, for example COPD.

About my inhaler

Find out about the types of inhalers and tips for using your inhaler correctly.

Find out more

Read our leaflet and posters providing important information about inhaler medicine:

Inhaler Leaflet

Inhaler Poster

Inhaler Technique Poster

For more information about lung health and your inhaler visit

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