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Accuhaler - What is it for

  • Accuhalers are inhaler devices that help deliver a specific amount of medication to your lungs.
  • They are used to deliver medications that are used for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Both asthma and COPD affect the lungs which makes it harder for the person to breathe.


  • Accuhalers deliver a very small dose of the medication each time, thus you usually do not feel or taste anything after a dose.
  • Hence, it is important to use the Accuhaler correctly to get the full dosage and benefit from the medication.
  • This allows the medication to have a higher chance of reaching the small airways, which increases the effectiveness of the medication and helps reduce any side effects.


  • Each Accuhaler consists of a plastic device that contains dry powdered medication. When you slide the lever on the thumb grip, a dose is made available. It is activated by breath. This means that when you inhale, the Accuhaler automatically releases the medication.


Accuhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Accuhaler cause?

Before taking Accuhaler, what precautions must I follow?

  • Do not blow into the Accuhaler or immerse it into water.
  • Do not open the Accuhaler or play with the lever when it is not in use.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Accuhaler?

Accuhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Accuhaler be used?


​1. ​Hold the Accuhaler in one hand and put the thumb of your other hand on the thumb grip.
​2. ​Open the Accuhaler by pushing the thumb grip away from you as far as it will go until you hear a click.
​3. ​Hold the Accuhaler with the mouthpiece towards you.
​4.​Push the lever away from you until you hear a click.
​5.​Breathe out gently and completely, away from the Accuhaler.
​6.​Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and seal tightly with your lips.
​7.​Breathe in steadily and deeply. You may taste some sweetness in your mouth, which is normal.
​8.​Remove the Accuhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as you can.
​9.​Breathe out slowly through your mouth, away from the Accuhaler.

Close the Accuhaler by sliding back the thumb grip back to its original position. It is ready for use again.

​11.​If another dose is required, repeat steps 1 to 10 after 1 minute.
12.​If the dose indicator shows red, there are 5 doses left.
​13.If your Accuhaler contains a steroid, please rinse your mouth with water after use to prevent oral fungal infection.


What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Accuhaler - Handling

How should I handle Accuhaler safely?

Accuhaler - Storage

How should I store Accuhaler?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Accuhaler safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Accuhaler - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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