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Date:9/22/2011

t people need to be aware of, Leonard-Segal said.

They include:

  • Priming. When you first use an HFA inhaler, or if you haven't used it in awhile, you need to "prime" the pump to ensure that you're getting the accurate dose of medication. Priming entails spraying a dose or doses into the air, and priming requirements are different for each inhaler. Ask your pharmacist or check the package insert for your inhaler's priming requirements.
  • Inhaling. The spray from HFA inhalers doesn't come out as forcefully, and some people have reported feeling as if they're not getting enough medication. For more detailed instructions on the proper technique for using an inhaler, ask your doctor or pharmacist, or check the package insert, which also has instructions for using the inhaler.
  • Cleaning. HFA inhalers need to be cleaned more often than CFC inhalers.

More information

For more on asthma, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCE: Sept. 22, 2011, teleconference with: Andrea Leonard-Segal, M.D., director, Division of Nonprescription Clinical Evaluation, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


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