Spacers in brief
- Spacers are large, empty devices (or tubes) that are usually made out of plastic. They help you get the best from your asthma medicine if you use a metered dose inhaler (MDI).
- There are several different brands of spacer that fit different inhalers. They are all available on prescription, or you can buy them from a pharmacist.
- If you, or your child, use a spacer, it’s easier to get the right amount of medicine straight to your lungs where it’s needed. This may mean you need to use less medicine overall. Using a spacer device in Kenya can also reduce the risk of side effects from your medicine.
- Your GP, asthma nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your inhaler and spacer properly so that every dose is effective.
- Spacers with facemasks can be used with babies or with younger children who find it hard to use an ordinary spacer with a mouthpiece