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Turbohaler | How To Use A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl)

Pharmacist Abraham, discusses Turbohaler. How To Use A Turbohaler. Symbicort, Pulmicort, Bricanyl Turbohaler.

In this weeks video we’re looking at How To Use A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl). This video consists of the current information on How To Use A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl).


00:00​ Turbohaler | How To Use A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl)

00:45 What Is A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl)

02:46 How To Use A Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl)

09:22 Cleaning And Storing Turbohaler (Symbicort Pulmicort Bricanyl)


Turbohalers are commonly prescribed for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as they are very effective at delivering the medication straight to the lungs where it is needed. Using your turbohaler correctly is an important part of asthma or COPD treatment. You should be shown how to use turbohaler properly by a healthcare professional when they are first prescribed.


Why is technique important,

• It allows the correct dose of medication to reach your lungs.

• It gives you better control of your condition.

Please watch the video for the full explanation on how to use a turbohaler and how to prime a new device,

1- Breathe out gently and slowly away from the inhaler until your lungs feel empty and you feel ready to breathe in.

2- Hold the inhaler horizontally, but don’t tip it upside down as the powder may fall out.

3- Place the mouthpiece between teeth without biting and close lips to form a good seal. Remember, do not cover the air vents.

4- Then breathe in forcefully as strongly and deeply as you can until your lungs are full. This is key to make sure that a full dose can reach your lungs.

5- You may not be able to sense if the medicine has entered your lungs from inhaling the device, this lack of sensation does not mean that it hasn't reached the lungs, you should not repeat the dose even if you do not feel this sensation.

6- For those of you who can’t inhale strongly or deeply, maybe a turbohaler isn’t the correct inhaler for you. You can usually tell if you can't breathe in enough by tasting the powder from the inhaler, as it can’t reach your lungs or with some inhalers, not hearing a ‘click’ sound. Please speak to a healthcare professional if this happens.

7- After inhaling take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds, or for as long as you comfortably can.

8- Then breathe out gently away from the inhaler. If you’ve been prescribed a second puff, repeat these steps.

Common mistakes that are made with Turbohalers include:

• Not holding the Turbohaler upright when loading the dose.

• Not twisting the grip in both directions to load the dose correctly.

• Not inhaling strongly enough to draw the medication out of the Turbohaler and in to your


• Moisture from breathing out getting inside the Turbohaler and leaving the cover off.

Useful tips

• Place the Turbohaler on a table to keep it upright when loading the dose.

• Replace the cover after use.

• If your Turbohaler contains a corticosteroid rinse your mouth out with water after your


• Speak to your healthcare professional if you experience problems using your Turbohaler.

• Always read the patient leaflet provided with your Turbohaler for any specific instructions


As discussed in the video here are my previous related videos.

How to use an inhaler:

How to use a spacer device:

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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.



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