March 26, 2018
Lyn Harper, RRT
March 28, 2018
Hi MaryPhares - A spacer is device that you attach to your inhaler that helps improve the delivery of the medication. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but generally are tubular in shape. At one end you attach your inhaler and the other end is the mouthpiece.
There are a couple of advantages to using them. For one thing, they "hold" the medication in the chamber so that you don't have to worry as much about coordinating your breath with actuating the inhaler. It also is helpful in making sure the medication get's into your airways instead of just the back of your mouth.
Here's an article with more information about them. https://asthma.net/living/spacers-making-the-most-of-your-medication/
Lyn (site moderator)
Leon Lebowitz, RRT
April 6, 2018
Hi Mary and thanks for your post. I see that Lyn has provided you with a complete and thorough answer. Now that you know what a spacer is, I thought you also might find it helpful to look over this article by our own John Bottrell which covers an interesting question about them: https://asthma.net/living/carrying-spacer/.
All the best,
Leon (site moderator)