A spacer is a chamber that can be attached to
a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). The spacer chamber may have a one-way valve that
allows the medicine to be held in the chamber before it is inhaled. This way
you can inhale the medicine in one or many breaths, depending on your ability.
Helps prevent getting a yeast infection in your
mouth (candidiasis) or making your voice sound hoarse
Increases the amount of medicine delivered directly to
your airways, even if you have difficulty using your
Reduces the amount of medicine swallowed, which minimizes
A spacer may be used with an inhaler, especially one that
contains corticosteroids. Spacers also may be used by children who have
difficulty using a metered-dose inhaler correctly. Do not use a dry powder
inhaler (DPI) with a spacer.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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