How to use a Respimat fine mist inhaler

Instructions for loading the cartridge and priming the Respimat inhaler device

(Note: this must be done before each first use of a Respimat – ask your pharmacist to load the cartridge each month, if you have difficulty)

  1. Hold the Respimat inhaler upright, with the cap closed.
  2. Remove the clear base - press the safety catch while firmly pulling the base off with your other hand.
  3. Insert the narrow end of the cartridge into the inhaler.
  4. Press down on a hard surface (such as a bench or table) until you can hear it ‘snap’ into place to secure the cartridge into the device.
  5. Put the clear base back in place – you will hear a ‘click’.
  6. To prime your inhaler: turn the clear base in the direction of the arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).
  7. Open the cap of the Respimat.
  8. Point the inhaler towards the ground and press the dose release button on the front of the inhaler, until you see the mist come out of the mouthpiece. Close the cap.
  9. Repeat steps 6 to 8 three more times to prime your Respimat. It is now ready to use.

Instructions for daily use

  1. (after loading and priming the new inhaler – see above)
  2. Hold the Respimat inhaler upright, with the cap closed.
  3. Open the cap of the Respimat.
  4. Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out fully.
  5. Insert the mouthpiece into your mouth ensuring that your lips firmly seal the mouthpiece (do not cover air vents). Keep inhaler horizontal.
  6. Breathe in slowly and deeply through the mouth, and at the same time, press down on the dose release button on the front of the inhaler.
  7. Keep breathing in slowly and deeply.
  8. Hold breath for about five seconds or as long as comfortable.
  9. While holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth.
  10. Breathe out gently, away from the inhaler.
  11. Close the cap to click shut.
  12. Repeat steps 2 to 10 for additional dose (Note: 2 inhalations is the usual dose for medicines used with Respimat. Follow the medicine instructions on your pharmacy prescription label).

Caring for your Respimat

  1. Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean, dry tissue.
  2. Do not wash the mouthpiece or allow it to get wet when cleaning.
  3. Close the cover when not in use.

When to get a new Respimat

There is a dose counter window on the side of the inhaler. When the window turns red, it is time to get a new Respimat.

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