Using a Turbuhaler
- Unscrew and remove the protective cover.
- Check the dose indicator window. If the window is red, it is time to get a new Turbuhaler.
- Hold the Turbuhaler upright.
- Twist the coloured grip as far as it will go in one direction and then back again in the other direction. You will hear a ‘click’. Your Turbuhaler is now loaded with a dose of medication.
- Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out fully.
- Place the mouthpiece between your teeth without biting and close your lips to form a good seal. Do not cover air vents.
- Suck in deeply and forcefully through the Turbuhaler. Hold your breath for about five seconds or as long as comfortable.
- While holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth.
- Breathe out slowly and gently, away from the inhaler. Do not breathe back into the mouthpiece as you will make it damp inside.
- If more than one dose is required, repeat the steps 2 to 8 above.
- When you are finished, place the cover back on the inhaler and twist shut.
- Rinse your mouth with water and spit out if you are using a corticosteroid-containing Turbuhaler. This reduces side effects such as a husky voice, sore throat, or fungal growth inside the mouth (oral thrush).
Caring for your Turbuhaler
- Do not wash your Turbuhaler, as it will not work properly if it gets wet.
- Wipe the mouthpiece with a dry tissue or cloth.
- Keep the cap on when not in use.
- Do not store in a bathroom or wet area, as moisture will prevent the Turbuhaler from working properly.
When to get a new Turbuhaler
Your Turbuhaler has a dose indicator window just below the mouthpiece; when you see red in the window it is time to get a new Turbuhaler.
For a useful ‘How to’ video visit the National Asthma Council Australia.