How to choose the best asthma inhaler for you

Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the world, with more than 5.4 million sufferers in the UK alone. While most asthma attacks are mild, some can be serious and require an extended stay in hospital for treatment. It is therefore imperative that asthma sufferers always have some form of asthma medication on them to help alleviate the symptoms of an attack when it occurs. One of the easiest ways to do this is to carry an asthma inhaler such as Ventolin with you at all times.

Can you buy Ventolin online? UK pharmacies both online and on the high street can supply you with Ventolin, but because there are two different types of Ventolin inhaler available it can be difficult to choose the correct one. So, in this article, we’ll look at the various types of Ventolin inhaler and which type is the best one for you.

Choosing the correct inhaler

Choosing the right device and medication can be difficult, so patients should always consult a healthcare professional before deciding on an inhaler. However, if patients have already been prescribed Ventolin, there are only two types of inhaler to choose from:

Pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI)

The traditional inhaler type which delivers a measured amount of drug as a propellant which can be inhaled into the lungs. pMDI inhalers are not as easy to use as other inhalers and may not be suitable for people with limited movement in their hands or patients with arthritis. Because of this a Breath Activated MDI (BA-MDI) or dry powder inhaler (DPI), is often prescribed instead.

Dry powder inhaler (DPI)

Breath actuated, the drug is delivered in powder form which is dispersed by the airstream and drawn down into the lungs. DPI inhalers are the easiest to use but require the patient to have a  high flow-rate to be effective. Patients should always consult a pharmacist before using a DPI inhaler.

Do you need a spacer?

Some asthma inhalers work better with a spacer, which is a small device that attaches to the inhaler to help get the medication down into the lungs. If you choose a pMDI inhaler you may benefit from using a spacer, but it’s always a good idea to ask your pharmacist or other healthcare professional first.

Providing you have considered all of the above, it should be a simple task to choose the correct inhaler for your personal circumstances. If in doubt don’t forget your local healthcare professional or pharmacist is there to help you choose.