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- Use a spacer with your inhaler. This insures that as much of the medication as possible in each dose gets delivered to your lungs. Many people feel that their inhalers work better with a spacer than without.
- Wash your spacer at least once a week. You can use soap and water and wash it by hand, or put in on the top rack of your dishwasher. Always air dry your spacer – never heat dry, as the its shape may become distorted. Tip: Some people wash and rinse their spacers when they do dishes, making it a part of their everyday routine.
- When you go to sleep at night, keep your rescue inhaler on the bedside table. If you wake up in the middle of the night because of difficulty breathing, you can use the rescue inhaler immediately and get right back to sleep.
- Ask your pharmacist for a counter for your inhaler, so you can tell when it’s getting close to empty.