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Table. Types of inhaler devices for delivering asthma and COPD medicines

  • Advise patients/carers that inhalers should be stored below 30°C and should not be left in cars.

Type

Common medicines

Pharmacological class

Function

Manually actuated pressurised metered-dose inhaler (puffer)

e.g. Rapihaler, various generic names such as inhaler, CFC-free inhaler and metered aerosol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airomir Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Reliever
Asmol CFC-Free Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Ventolin CFC-Free Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Symbicort Rapihaler (budesonide plus formoterol)*

ICS + LABA

Alvesco Metered-dose Inhaler (ciclesonide)

ICS

Preventer
Flixotide Junior/Flixotide Inhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Fluair Inhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Fluticasone Cipla Metered-dose Inhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Qvar (beclometasone)

ICS

Fluticasone and Salmeterol Cipla Inhaler (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Flutiform Metered-dose Inhaler (fluticasone propionate plus formoterol)

ICS + LABA

SalplusF Metered-dose Inhaler (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Seretide MDI (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Symbicort Rapihaler (budesonide plus formoterol)

ICS + LABA

Intal CFC-Free Inhaler/IntalForte CFC-Free Inhaler (sodium cromoglycate)

Cromone

Tilade CFC-Free (nedocromil sodium)

Cromone

Atrovent Metered Aerosol (ipratropium)

SAMA

Other bronchodilator

Breath-actuated pressurised metered-dose inhaler

e.g. Autohaler

Airomir Autohaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Reliever

Qvar Autohaler (beclometasone)

ICS

Preventer

Dry powder inhaler (multi-dose)

e.g. Accuhaler, Ellipta, Genuair, Spiromax, Turbuhaler

Bricanyl Turbuhaler (terbutaline sulfate

SABA

Reliever
Symbicort Turbuhaler (budesonide plus formoterol)*

ICS + LABA

DuoResp Spiromax (budesonide plus formoterol)*

ICS + LABA

Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate)

ICS

Preventer
Flixotide Junior / Flixotide Accuhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Pulmicort Turbuhaler (budesonide)

ICS

Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate plus vilanterol)

ICS + LABA

DuoResp Spiromax (budesonide plus formoterol)

ICS + LABA

Seretide Accuhaler (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Symbicort Turbuhaler (budesonide plus formoterol) ICS + LABA

Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium plus vilanterol)

LAMA + LABA

Other bronchodilator

  • Must not be used in asthma or asthma-COPD overlap without an inhaled corticosteroid
Bretaris Genuair (aclidinium)

LAMA

Brimica Genuair (aclidinium plus formoterol)

LAMA + LABA

Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium)

LAMA

Oxis Turbuhaler (formoterol)

LABA

Serevent Accuhaler (salmeterol) LABA
Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate plus umeclidinium bromide plus vilanterol trifenatate) ICS+LAMA+LABA Bronchodilator-ICS triple therapy (COPD)

Dry powder inhaler (capsule)

e.g. Breezhaler, Handihaler

Onbrez Breezhaler (indacaterol)

LABA

Other bronchodilator

  • Must not be used in asthma or asthma-COPD overlap without an inhaled corticosteroid
Seebri Breezhaler (glycopyrronium)

LAMA

Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium)

LAMA

Ultibro Breezhaler (glycopyrronium plus indacaterol)

LAMA + LABA

Mist inhaler

e.g. Respimat

Spiolto Respimat (tiotropium plus olodaterol)

LAMA + LABA

Other bronchodilator

  • Must not be used in asthma or asthma-COPD overlap without an inhaled corticosteroid
Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium)

LAMA

* This medication is classed as a reliever only when maintenance-and-reliever regimen is prescribed. Applies to lower strengths only - does not apply to Symbicort Turbuhaler 400/12 microg, DuoResp Spiromax 400/12 microg or Symbicort Rapihaler 200/6 microg (pressurised metered-dose inhaler).

Inhaler must be discarded one month after opening.

Inhaler must be discarded 6 weeks after opening.

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