Make sure there is medication in your inhaler and it’s not empty. Many inhalers have a dose counter, which should tell you how many doses are left.
Read the instructions that come with your inhaler and ask your pharmacist or provider about any questions you may have.
Make sure you never run out of your maintenance inhalers by using a mail order pharmacy to get a 3 month supply at a time. Enroll online or call Cornerstone Health Solutions at 1-844-319-7588 for more information.
Keep track of how often you use your rescue inhaler and how many puffs you take so you can tell your provider at every visit.
Contain long-term control medications that are important to keep your asthma well-controlled
Need to be used every dayto prevent asthma symptoms
Most maintenance inhalers are not meant to relieve symptoms immediately (like a rescue inhaler) but a few can be used for rescue (see box below)
Treat the airway inflammation that causes asthma symptoms, which can reduce or eliminate asthma flares
It’s important to use your maintenance inhaler everyday as directed by your provider to keep your asthma controlled
Contain fast-acting medicationto quickly open your airways and make breathing easier
Used when your asthma symptoms, like shortness of breath or wheezing, flare up
Work almost immediately to start relieving symptoms
Knowing when you need to use a rescue inhaler can help prevent an asthma attack
If you need to use your rescue inhaler multiple times per day, talk to your doctor
Albuterol used to be the rescue inhaler of choice, but now some combination inhalers are recommended for rescue treatment and are sometimes preferred over albuterol
Types of Inhalers
(Dry Powder Inhaler)
For some DPIs, you will need to load a capsule into the device first. (These capsules are NOT meant to be swallowed and should only be used in the device.) Other devices already come loaded with capsules.
DPIs are “breath-activated”, which means that the medication is released when you breath in.
With the mouthpiece between your front teeth and your lips sealed around it, breathe in through your mouth quickly and deeply for 2-3 seconds.
Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds before you exhale.
To clean your DPI, wipe the mouthpiece with a dry cloth.
Work with your Well Sense Care Manager to learn how to manage your asthma. Our Care Management Program is is offered at no cost to our members, and it’s just a phone call away. Call 1-855-833-8119 to see if you or your family members are eligible for this program.