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Respimat Inhaler

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Administration PIL Adult, Children

Respimat Inhaler - What is it for

  • ​Respimat inhalers are inhaler devices that help deliver a specific amount of medication to your lungs.
  • They are used to deliver medications that are 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.
  • Respimat inhalers 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 Respimat inhaler 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.

Respimat Inhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Respimat Inhaler cause?

Before taking Respimat Inhaler, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Respimat Inhaler?

Respimat Inhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Respimat Inhaler be used?

  • Respimat inhalers are soft mist inhalers which create a mist of medication upon pressing down the dose-release button, without the use of a propellant.
  • Loading before first use
​Steps​Description
​1​Keep the cap close.
​2​Remove the clear base by pressing the safety catch button and pulling off the base with your other hand. Be careful not to touch the piercing element.
​3​Insert the narrow end of your medication cartridge into the inhaler.
​4​Place the medication cartridge against a flat surface and push down firmly on the inhaler until the medication cartridge clicks into place.
​5​Replace the clear base by aligning the notch with the safety catch button and slide together until it clicks.
​6​Hold the Respimat inhaler upright and turn the clear base in the direction of the arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).
​7​Open the plastic cap fully.
​8​Point the inhaler toward the ground and press the dark grey dose-release button. A mist should be released. Close the cap.
​9​If you do not see a mist, repeat steps 6 to 8 until you see a mist.
​10​Repeat steps 6 to 8 until a total of 4 mists are seen.
​11Your inhaler is now ready to be used.

 

​Steps​Description
​1​With the cap closed, turn the clear base in the direction of the arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).
​2​Open the plastic cap fully.
​3​Breathe out slowly and fully with your mouth.
​4​Close your lips around the mouthpiece without covering the air vents which are at the base of the mouthpiece).
​5​Point the inhaler to the back of your throat. While taking a slow, deep breath through your mouth, press the dark grey dose-release button and continue to breathe in slowly for as long as you can.
​6Hold your breath for 10 seconds or for as long as comfortable.  
Breathe out slowly and gently through your mouth, away from the inhaler. Replace the cap after use.
​7​Repeat steps 1 to 6 if you require another dose.
​8​If you have not used the Respimat inhaler for more than 7 days, release one puff towards the ground before using the inhaler.
​9​If you have not used the Respimat inhaler for more than 21 days, repeat the loading steps before use.
  • ​Wipe the mouthpiece inside and out with a damp cloth once a week. Do not remove the medication cartridge.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Respimat Inhaler - Handling

How should I handle Respimat Inhaler safely?

  • Do not touch the piercing element inside the clear base when loading the cartridge.
  • Do not remove the clear base after you have correctly inserted the medication cartridge or turn the clear base after inserting the cartridge.
  • Do not freeze your Respimat.
  • Do not breathe into your Respimat.
  • Remember to replace the cap after use.    

Respimat Inhaler - Storage

How should I store Respimat Inhaler?

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

How should I dispose of Respimat Inhaler safely?

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

Respimat Inhaler - 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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