Inhaler Technique Service

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Inhaler Technique Service - Imaan Pharmacy, Harehills

What is asthma?

 

Asthma is a common long term chronic inflammatory condition affecting the respiratory tract and the lungs. It is estimated that someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack every 10 seconds.

 

Why is proper inhaler technique important?

 

Despite 73 million inhalers being prescribed every year in the UK, over 1,000 people die annually from asthma-related conditions.

 

What we need to do to stop this happening

 

Many asthmatics currently misuse their inhalers. They do not use their inhalers properly, often demonstrating poor technique. This is one of the primary reasons for worsening asthma symptoms as well as asthma attacks which can lead to deaths. This can easily be avoided if asthma patients are taught how to use their inhalers properly.

 

Our pharmacy currently offers an inhaler technique service to help you understand what actions should be taken to make the most of your inhaler.

 

Getting to know your inhaler

 

Treatment for asthma using inhaler therapy is currently a two pronged approach. A “preventer” (consisting mainly of a steroid but sometimes in combination with a long acting bronchodilator) inhaler should be used daily to treat the chronic inflammation. This is extremely important as the correct dose and correct use of this inhaler keeps asthma symptoms under control and removes or drastically reduces the need for the “reliever” inhaler.

 

The “reliever” inhaler is to be used sporadically to help relieve asthma symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath when your airways have become irritated due to exposure to irritants, cold air or increased exertion. According to Asthma Right Care, you should not need to use your blue reliever inhaler more than once in any one day. This is the equivalent of two inhalers a year. If you are using it more than this, it could mean you are either not using your “preventer” inhaler properly or that the strength or dose is no longer sufficient for you.

 

Basic techniques

 

If you use an inhaler regularly and feel you aren’t getting the most out of the medicine then you maybe:

  • failing to shake the inhaler before activating properly
  • holding the inhaler in the wrong position when in use
  • failing to breathe out fully before activating the inhaler
  • activating the inhaler too early before fully breathing out
  • activating the inhaler too late as you fully breathe in
  • breathing in too quickly
  • not re-shaking the inhaler after quick sessions of relieve

You can take on these short and basic techniques to help you improve your overall inhaler technique.

 

What services do we offer at Imaan Pharmacy, Harehills?

 

We present an inhaler technique service to ensure that your device is being used properly. We do this by delivering a 1 to 1 consultation which will cover education, training, monitoring and support for our patients with respiratory conditions.

 

Visit Imaan Pharmacy, Harehills for more information or call on 0113 249 2311.

Chris Dundon
Chris Dundon
Lovely efficient and friendly staff.live away from Leeds and had a booster there thanks
Kathryn Collins
Kathryn Collins
My Husband went to this Pharmacy for his Covid Booster, it only took 5 minutes and he was finished.
Dinah Kapouas
Dinah Kapouas
I would like to thank all staff at Imaan Pharmacy for their excellent service when my husband and I went for our covid boosters today. Warm, efficient welcome; comfortable, seated wait (we were a bit early); considerate and efficient administration of vaccine for us both. Well done - I wish you were nearer to our home!
anna spndk
anna spndk
Very helpful
Efosa Ogunbor
Efosa Ogunbor
I came in as a first year pharmacy student, looking for work experience, however, having had a few hours of previous experience, at a different pharmacy, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy my time at Imaan pharmacy, Leeds, but as soon as the first day started, I felt positive energy from all the staff (the type of energy I would not have expected from a pharmacy). I’d highly recommend, pharmacy students, looking for experience to get experience here, as it’s not too busy so you won’t feel pressured when completing tasks. Both pharmacists that work here, are helpful and give great advice on career paths as a pharmacist, prereg and what to expect in the up coming years at university. The dispenser that I shadowed, was great at her job and gave me many opportunities to help around the pharmacy and gain experience in many areas of pharmacy. The counter assistant is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and will always ask you if you want a cup of tea. I’m grateful for the experience they gave but also for how patient they were with me, even when I made mistakes.
Tahir Mehmood
Tahir Mehmood
I always get my prescriptions and other medicinal products from here. Staff is so friendly and cooperative. Highly recommended.
Mazmo m
Mazmo m
Amazing team and a true credit to the community. Always had a really positive experience at the pharmacy
Noonyk2
Noonyk2
I've used this chemist for along time now& wouldn't go anywhere else . The staff all provide a top class professional service . I've had a couple of problems over last year or so and the manager/staff have always been very supportive. I highly recommend this pharmacy . 10/10
Drew Abbott
Drew Abbott
Great service and friendly helpful staff