Asthma/COPD: Inhaler Quiz

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are common diseases of the airways and lungs and have a major impact on the health of Canadians and people living around the world.

  • The cornerstone of therapy for patients with asthma and COPD is inhaled medication using inhalation devices.
  • There are many different inhalers available including press and breathe Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs) and Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs).

However, for your inhaler to work properly you need to use the proper technique.

Inhalers can be complicated, requiring multiple steps. This can make them difficult to use properly and may result in misuse.

  • Studies suggest that 2/3 of patients with asthma or COPD do not use their inhalers correctly.
  • Incorrect usage of inhalers is a significant problem for both asthma and COPD patients and can lead to:
    • Medication not working properly
    • Increased disease symptoms
    • Insufficient disease control

Breathe easy: you have options. Take the quiz below.

Are you making inhaler mistakes without knowing it?

Do you have to take your inhaler more than once a day?

Do you have several inhalers that work differently?

Do you have to take many steps to use your inhaler?

Do you have trouble knowing when your inhaler is running out?

If you said 'Yes' to any of the above: Check your technique or ask your doctor to suggest an appropriate inhaler that's easier for you.