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How to use an autohaler

Autohalers can be used by adults and children over 8.

  1. Take the cover off the mouthpiece.
    removing lid of autohaler 
  2. Shake the autohaler well.
    shaking autohaler with hand
  3. Hold upright and push the lever up until it clicks into place.
    Thumb pushing red lever up on autohaler
  4. Breathe out gently away from autohaler. Place mouthpiece in your mouth and seal your lips around it. Breathe in slowly and deeply. The autohaler will release the medication automatically. Keep breathing in until you’ve taken a full breath.
    autohaler inserted in child's mouth
  5. Hold your breath for 10 seconds. Remove autohaler from your mouth before breathing out.
    child with pursed lips
  6. Press the lever down and replace cap.
    closing lever of autohaler with thumb

Repeat steps 1–5 if another dose is needed.

How can I tell when the autohaler is empty?

There is no counter on the autohaler, so you should keep track of how many times you use it.

There is a sticker on the autohaler that tells you how many doses (sometimes called actuations) the device contains.

It is always a good idea to have a backup autohaler so that you don’t run out of medication.

How should you look after an autohaler?

Keep the cap on your autohaler when not in use.


Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health (CAHS CH)

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