Can Bevespi be used with a spacer?
Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on Dec 11, 2020.
Bevespi Aerosphere can be used with a spacer device if recommended by your doctor. The technique of using a metered-dose inhaler can be challenging for some patients and a spacer device can help to make inhalation easier. If you are having trouble inhaling your medicine, contact your doctor to discuss the use of a spacer device.
- A metered-dose inhaler like the Bevespi Aerosphere is a handheld device that gives you a dose of your medicine as an inhaled mist.
- A spacer is a tube that attaches to the mouthpiece of your metered-dose inhaler. Spacers have a chamber that receives the aerosol before it is inhaled. This eases the inhalation technique that can be hard for some patients to master. It will help to more fully get the medicine to your lungs.
- The Bevespi mist stays in the spacer for a short amount of time and allows you to breathe one deep breath. You can also breathe in and out at a normal rate up to 5 times. Spacer devices are also portable, so you can take it with you easily.
- Your healthcare provider will teach you how to use your inhaler and spacer and can help you order a spacer.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions or how to use your spacer. Only use your inhaler as your doctor prescribes.
Learn More: How to Use A Metered-Dose Inhaler and a Spacer
Bevespi Aerosphere is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. The recommended dose for Bevespi Aerosphere is 2 inhalations twice per day (in the morning and in the evening).
Bevespi Aerosphere is not used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD or for treatment of asthma.
Always have a rescue inhaler (an inhaled, short-acting bronchodilator like albuterol) with you to treat sudden symptoms.
If you do not have a rescue inhaler, contact your doctor to have one prescribed for you.
How do I use Bevespi with a spacer?
- Remove the mouthpiece from the inhaler and shake for 5 to 10 seconds.
- Remove the mouthpiece from the spacer. Attach the inhaler to the spacer.
- Keep your mouth away from the mouthpiece, and breathe out fully to clear your lungs.
- Put spacer to mouth and close lips around mouthpiece to form a seal. Do not let your tongue or teeth block the spacer opening. If you cannot put your mouth around the mouthpiece, your healthcare provider will give you a spacer with a mask attached. Hold the mask firmly to your face.
- Release one spray of the medicine into the spacer. Breath the medicine in slowly and steadily. Hold your breath for at least 5 seconds, and then breathe out. Repeat this process for your second puff of Bevespi, as directed by your doctor. Wait about 2 minutes between puffs.
- Gargle with warm water to remove any leftover medicine from your mouth and throat.
- Do not use Bevespi Aerosphere to treat sudden symptoms of your health condition. Always carry a rescue inhaler with you.
What medicine is in the Bevespi inhaler?
Bevespi Aerosphere combines an anticholinergic drug known as glycopyrrolate and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicine called formoterol fumarate.
Bevespi Aerosphere delivers 9 mcg of glycopyrrolate and 4.8 mcg of formoterol fumarate per inhalation.
These medicines help to relax and open your airways to make breathing easier.
- Bevespi Aerosphere can be used with a spacer if recommended by your doctor. A spacer is a handheld device that attaches to your inhaler to help you more easily breath in the medication.
- The technique of using a metered-dose inhaler can be challenging for some patients and a spacer device can help to make inhalation easier. If you are having trouble inhaling your medicine, contact your doctor to discuss the use of a spacer device.
This is not all the information you need to know about Bevespi Aerosphere for safe and effective use. Review the full Bevespi Aerosphere information here, and discuss this and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.
- Bevespi Aerosphere [prescribing information]. Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Wilmington, DE. Revised May 2019. Accessed Dec. 8, 2020 at https://www.azpicentral.com/bevespi/bevespi.pdf
- US Department of Health and Human Services. FDA. Combination Products. Jurisdictional update: Metered dose inhalers, spacers, and other accessories. http://www.fda.gov/CombinationProducts/JurisdictionalInformation/JurisdictionalUpdates/ucm103179.htm. Last updated September 29, 2017.
- Bevespi Aerosphere. Dosing and Administration. Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Wilmington, DE. Accessed Dec. 14, 2020 at https://www.bevespiaerosphere.com/dosage-and-administration.html
- How to use your Bevespi Aerosphere. University of Michigan Medicine. http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/COPD/Inhalers/BevespiAerosphere.pdf
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