This section contains a list of things you should do (DOs) and things you shouldn’t do (DON’Ts) when using the Autohaler. This list only covers items known from practice to be the most important and most likely to be forgotten or performed incorrectly by patients; this information is in addition to the prescribing and other information provided with the Autohaler.

  • Take the cap off
  • Shake the inhaler
  • Load the device by lifting the lever
  • Always use in the vertical position
  • Seal your lips around mouth piece while opening the teeth
  • Start to breathe in slowly through the mouth
  • Continue to breathe in slowly and continue when you hear a click
  • Breathe in slowly, over at least 5 seconds until lungs are full
  • Hold your breath as long as you comfortably can, then relax
  • If you do not hear a click (which means that the inhaler has been activated), start again
  • Replace the cap
  • Always keep a spare inhaler
  • Breathe in too rapidly
  • Stop breathing in when you hear the activation click
  • Stop breathing in when you feel the medicine in your mouth
  • Hold the inhaler horizontally when you use it
  • Be concerned if you don’t feel or taste the medicine in your mouth
 © ADMIT, June 2009