Using the right inhaler technique for you is really important and makes a big difference to how much medicine gets into your airways.

It’s one of the simplest ways you can keep your lung condition under control, but lots of people don’t use the right technique. Take a watch of our short inhaler technique videos – it’s a quick and easy way to make sure you’re using your inhalers properly.


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Not only can using the right technique reduce your risk of an asthma attack or flare-up of your symptoms, it’s also good for the environment. This is because less medicine is wasted, because it goes straight to your lungs, where it’s needed.
Read on to find out more about the different ways you can manage your lung condition well, to help you feel your best and help the environment at the same time. 

Use your inhalers as prescribed

If you have COPD or another lung condition and you’re given an inhaler for regular daily use, it’s important to take it as prescribed. It builds up the protection in your airways so you’re less likely to get symptoms which could lead to a potentially life-threatening asthma attack or flare-up of your lung condition. And it’s not only good for you, it’s also good for the environment because you’re likely to need your reliever (or ‘rescue’) inhaler less.


Changing inhalers, if right for you

The next time you speak to your GP or nurse, you might be offered a dry powder or soft mist inhaler. These lower-carbon inhalers might be the best option for you. And as an added benefit, they’re good for the environment too. Speak to your GP, nurse or pharmacist to see if a lower-carbon inhaler would be right for you.


Returning your used inhalers

Don’t put your used inhalers in the bin – instead, take them to your local pharmacy for disposal the next time you visit. They’ll get rid of them in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.

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Original post by Asthma + Lung UK.