Living with asthma
As asthma is a lifelong condition and attacks can happen unexpectedly, it is important that people take their asthma medicine as directed. Using an inhaler is the most common and effective way of taking asthma medicines as inhaling the medicine takes it straight into your lungs.
Using your inhaler properly
If you are living with asthma you may be using an inhaler, if you are it is important to make sure you are using it properly to get the best from it. It is easy to use the inhaler wrongly. People can forget to shake it before pressing, inhale at the wrong time or forget to hold their breath long enough.
There are many different types of inhalers. If you are unsure how to take your medicine properly, talk to your asthma nurse specialist, pharmacist or GP. Visit the Asthma UK website for more information on inhalers and videos which show how to use different types of inhalers.
You can also read a leaflet about using your inhaler properly and the support available through a Medicines Use Review with your pharmacist.