Asthma Treatment and Advice

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Whether you're unsure how to use your inhaler or would like some more advice about treatments, we've created the below guide with you in mind.

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We can help you improve your inhaler technique

If you want to improve your inhaler technique, you can use a spacer to make taking the medication easier. Spacers are effective for any age, but they are essential for helping children to take their medicine. Please pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and ask a member of our friendly team for more information. If you find it difficult to hold your inhaler or press the canister down, consider a Haleraid that attaches an easy-squeeze handle to the inhaler.

Come and check your technique with an expert Pharmacist

Pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and ask us about our Respiratory Support Service. We can help increase your confidence in your technique and ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your asthma medicines. You'll need to set up your inhaler by the following manufacturer's instructions and inhale as directed; one of our Pharmacists can help you to perfect your technique. You may notice a taste in your mouth after inhaling, this is perfectly normal; simply rinse your mouth.

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70% of people do not use their inhaler correctly 70% of people do not use their inhaler correctly

Asthma is a long term condition where your airways get inflamed and narrow, the reason for which is not always clear. It affects 5.4m people in the UK* and the severity of asthma symptoms can vary from person to person. Asthma generally causes shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and coughing, especially at night. Symptoms can vary in the course of the day or during different seasons. If you have a child who has been recently diagnosed with asthma, you may find our childhood asthma advice helpful.

*Asthma UK November 2016

It’s possible to control your symptoms with a preventer inhaler so that you have fewer or no symptoms at any time of day. This can allow you to exercise without problems. It’s not a bad idea to learn and remember the three Ts: Treatment, Technique and Triggers.

Follow the treatment directions given to you by your GP – and don’t forget you can pop into any LloydsPharmacy and talk to us about how we can support you. We’re happy to talk about how you’re managing your asthma and we can answer any questions or concerns you have and offer our expert advice. If you would like to receive email updates about asthma, from news stories to current advice, you can sign up here.

The main treatments for asthma are inhalers which can be split into two types; a preventer inhaler which you will need to use every day, even if your asthma is under control and a reliever inhaler (usually blue) to use when needed if you are suddenly short of breath.

Preventer
This opens up your airways over a period of time, and reduces the inflammation in your lungs. To keep your asthma under control, you need to use this inhaler every day. Always rinse your mouth with water afterwards to avoid any soreness in your mouth.

Reliever
Keep this inhaler with you at all times, and use it whenever you experience shortness of breath. It will help open your airways quickly and help you breathe more easily. You should keep a spare inhaler at work or school in case of emergencies, so ask your doctor to prescribe an extra one for you. If you notice that your current treatment is not controlling your symptoms, speak to your local LloydsPharmacy Pharmacist, asthma nurse or GP for advice.

If your inhaler doesn’t look like the ones pictured, your local LloydsPharmacy will be happy to help you use your inhaler correctly. You can also book in a free Respiratory Support Service appointment in store, where a specialist pharmacist can help answer any questions you may have.

There’s a range of different types of inhalers that you might be prescribed, but mostly they fall into two categories; preventer or reliever. Each one has a particular technique that needs to be used to receive the right dose of asthma medicine.

Pressurised, metered-dose inhalers
These are the most common inhalers. 1. Shake your inhaler well before use 2. Put it in your mouth and make a seal with your lips around the mouthpiece 3. Press the canister at the top to release the drug while inhaling it in one deep, gentle breath. Set up your inhaler by following the manufacturer’s instructions and inhale as directed. The pharmacist can help you to perfect your technique. You may notice a taste in your mouth after inhaling.

We can help you improve your inhaler technique
If you want to improve your inhaler technique, you can use a spacer to make taking the medication easier. Spacers are effective for any age, but they are essential for helping children to take their medicine. Please pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and ask a member of our friendly team for more information. If you find it difficult to hold your inhaler or press the canister down, consider a Haleraid that attaches an easy-squeeze handle to the inhaler.

Come and check your technique with an expert Pharmacist
Pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and ask us about our Respiratory Support Service. We can help increase your confidence in your technique and ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your asthma medicines.

Pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and ask us about our Respiratory Support Service. We can help increase your confidence in your technique and ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit from your asthma medicines. You'll need to set up your inhaler by the following manufacturer's instructions and inhale as directed; one of our Pharmacists can help you to perfect your technique. You may notice a taste in your mouth after inhaling, this is perfectly normal; simply rinse your mouth.

Request an Appointment

Did you know?

You can take an Asthma Control Test on our blog, to find out how well you have been managing your asthma in the past four weeks. You’ll then received some information about what your next steps should be, whether you need a little bit of extra guidance or support.

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