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Why should I use a holding chamber with my inhaler?

The holding chamber or "spacer" is used when people have difficulty coordinating the release of medication and inhaling the medication. Using a spacer ensures that the medication is delivered into a spacer and can be breathed in over a longer period of time.
 
A holding chamber, sometimes called a spacer, can be used with inhalers to increase the amount of medication that is inhaled into the airways.  This device is a long tube that allows the person with asthma to slowly breathe in the medication.  This makes it easier for more of the medication to get to the lungs and less medication to be left in the mouth and throat.   

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