Inhaler Usage and Cleaning
Instructions for using and cleaning your QVAR® asthma control inhaler
Before using QVAR®, learn how to use and clean your inhaler. Watch our instructional video to
see how to use and clean your QVAR®inhaler
Be sure to use your asthma controller therapy regularly as directed by your doctor. QVAR® even has a built-indose counter to
help you know when to refill your prescription. As with all aerosol medications, prime the QVAR®inhaler before using it for the first time. Also, prime the QVAR® inhaler if you haven't used it in the last 10 days or longer.1
Inhaler usage and cleaning instruction sheet
Instructions for using the QVAR® inhaler
- REMOVE the plastic cap and be sure there are no foreign objects in the mouthpiece.
- MAKE SURE THE CANISTER IS FIRMLY SEATED in the plastic mouthpiece adapter and check the dose counter to make sure you have doses left.
- If needed, prime by releasing 2 puffs into the air, away from your face. If you’re priming your inhaler for the first time, the inhaler will show a black dot in the dose counter window. After priming 2 times, the dose counter should read “120.” Your inhaler is now ready to use.
- BREATHE OUT AS FULLY AS YOU COMFORTABLY CAN. Hold the inhaler to your mouth. Close your lips around the mouthpiece, keeping your tongue below it.
- WHILE BREATHING IN DEEPLY AND SLOWLY, PRESS DOWN ON THE CANISTER WITH YOUR FINGER. When you have finished breathing in, hold your breath for as long as you comfortably can (5–10 seconds).
- TAKE YOUR FINGER OFF THE CANISTER and remove the inhaler from your mouth. Breathe out gently.
- If your doctor has told you to take more than one inhalation per treatment, repeat steps 3 through 5.
- Rinse your mouth out with water without swallowing.
Clean your QVAR® inhaler at least once a week
- DO NOT WASH YOUR INHALER OR GET ANY PART OF IT WET
- Clean the mouthpiece weekly with a clean, dry tissue or cloth
When to replace your QVAR® inhaler
- The QVAR® inhaler comes with a dose counter that tells you how many doses are left
- When the dose counter reaches 20, the numbers will change to red, indicating that you should talk to your doctor about getting your prescription refilled
- When the dose counter reaches 0, or your inhaler reaches its expiration date, you should discard your inhaler, even if it does not seem empty. If you use your inhaler after the dose counter reaches 0, you may not receive the correct amount of medicine