Inhalers, a Guide to Breath-Actuated Devices

Key features of dry powder and aerosol inhalers.

Find a suitable breath-actuated inhaler for your patient with the MIMS guide to breath-actuated devices

The table covers the main dry powder devices: Accuhaler, Breezhaler, Easyhaler, Ellipta, Foradil inhaler, Forspiro, Genuair, HandiHaler, NEXThaler, Novolizer, Spiromax, Turbohaler, Twisthaler and Zonda. The other major group of breath-actuated devices - aerosols - is also included, comprising Autohaler and EasiBreathe.

For each device, the available brands and types of active ingredient (preventer, reliever or long-acting bronchodilator) are indicated. The presence or absence of a dose counter is noted as well as any means of dose confirmation, which may be visual, audible or a lactose taste for the dry powder devices, and a ‘click’ or propellant taste for the aerosols.

The pack size or number of inhalations per pack is also given. Finally, there are useful comments for each inhaler on loading technique, ease of use, presence of a separate cap and whether it is humidity protected.

Brand names link through to the full MIMS entries for more detailed prescribing information on each product.

Go to the MIMS guide to breath-actuated inhalers


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