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How to Use A Turbo-Inhaler


A turbo-inhaler is a handheld inhaler that contains medicine in mist form. It is used to inhale (breathe in) medicine. It is also called a spinhaler or a whirlybird inhalation device.


How to use your turbo-inhaler:

Some turbo-inhalers come preloaded. Other turbo-inhalers come with a capsule of medicine for each dose. Do not use more than 4 doses each day.

  • Wash your hands: Use soap and water.
  • Unwrap a medicine capsule: Try not to touch the capsule too much because it can get soft. Do not leave the capsule unwrapped because the medicine can break down.
  • Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece on the bottom facing you: Slide the sleeve all the way to the top.
  • Open the mouthpiece: Unscrew its tip counterclockwise. Inside you will see a small propeller on a stem.
  • Load the capsule: Firmly press the colored end of your medicine capsule into the center of the propeller.
  • Reconnect the inhaler: Screw the device back together until it clicks.
  • Slide the sleeve: Slide the sleeve all the way down to poke a hole in the capsule. Then slide the sleeve back up again. This releases the medicine. Do this step once for each capsule.
  • Position the inhaler: Hold the mouthpiece of the turbo-inhaler 1 to 2 inches away from your mouth (about 2 to 3 finger widths). Exhale (breathe out) as much air as you can.
  • Place the mouthpiece in your mouth: Close your lips around it. Do not block the opening with your teeth or tongue. Inhale deeply to fill your lungs.
  • Remove the mouthpiece: Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds. This helps the medicine soak into your lungs. Exhale slowly through pursed lips. Do not exhale through the mouthpiece.
  • Repeat: Repeat these steps 2 to 3 more times until the medicine in the inhaler is gone.

Rinse your mouth after you use your turbo-inhaler:

Rinse your mouth and gargle with water. This helps remove any medicine left in your mouth and throat. Gargling helps decrease any burning you feel from the medicine. It also decreases the need to cough. Rinsing and gargling may also help prevent a mouth infection.

Clean your turbo-inhaler:

Rinse the mouthpiece with warm water. Dry the turbo-inhaler completely before you put it away.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have trouble using your turbo-inhaler.
  • You think your turbo-inhaler is not working correctly.
  • You have a sore throat, congestion, or a cough after you use your inhaler.
  • You are dizzy, or you have a headache or nausea after you use your inhaler.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.