Using a Handihaler

Note: The Handihaler inhaler device must be used to inhale the contents of the medicine inside the inhalation capsule. Do not swallow the capsules.

  1. Open the cap of the Handihaler device.
  2. Open the mouthpiece.
  3. Remove the capsule from the foil wrapping and place in the chamber. (Note: pull back the foil from the edges; do not ‘pop’ the capsule through the foil wrapping as this will damage the capsule).
  4. Close the mouthpiece until you hear a ‘click’.
  5. Press the green piercing button on the side of the Handihaler in once, and release. (Do not shake).
  6. Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out fully.
  7. Place the mouthpiece between teeth without biting and close your lips to form a good seal.
  8. Breathe in slowly and deeply, so you can hear the capsule vibrate. Hold your breath for 5 seconds, or as long as you are comfortable.
  9. Take a second breath from the same capsule to get the full dose. You do not need to pierce the capsule again.
  10. While holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth.
  11. Breathe out slowly and gently, away from the inhaler.
  12. Open mouthpiece to remove the used capsule and discard.
  13. Close mouthpiece and cap.

Caring for your Handihaler

  1. Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean, dry tissue.
  2. Close the cover when not in use.

When to get a new supply

The Handihaler device itself is available on prescription or may be bought over the counter from a pharmacy. The packs of inhalation capsules are supplied separately on a prescription. When your supply is starting to run low, organise a repeat or new prescription.

For a useful How to video visit the National Asthma Council Australia.