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Using a Flexhaler®

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The pediatric asthma experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado may prescribe an inhaled medicine that comes in a Flexhaler to treat for your child’s asthma symptoms.

Does my child need a Flexhaler?

Asthma is a chronic (long-lasting) condition that requires ongoing treatment as your child grows and develops. Controlling asthma symptoms can help your child avoid trips to the emergency department or urgent care, stay in school and participate in regular activities. Untreated asthma can lead to other medical problems.

Different children experience asthma differently. Children’s Colorado specialists meet with you to assess your child’s unique triggers and symptoms, make a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

How does a Flexhaler work?

A Flexhaler is a hand-held dry powder inhaler.

The device delivers a medicine called budesonide to the lungs as your child inhales through it. Budesonide is a corticosteroid, a type of medication that relieves inflammation (swelling). It treats asthma by reducing swelling in the airways so your child can breathe easier.

A Flexhaler is a maintenance medication, meaning your child uses it daily to control asthma and prevent symptoms. Your child must use the Flexhaler regularly for it to be effective.

A Flexhaler is not a rescue or relief medication, so your child shouldn’t use it during a serious or sudden asthma attack. Use a quick-relief inhaler, like albuterol, if your child is having an asthma attack.

How to use a Flexhaler

It’s important for your child to learn how to use the Flexhaler correctly. The inhaler is easy to use, but it takes a bit of practice. The asthma specialists at Children’s Colorado will teach you and your child how to use it.

Watch the video or download instructions on how to use a Flexhaler (.pdf).

About the Asthma Program at Children’s Colorado

If your child has asthma, we’re here to support your family every step of the way. Turn to the Asthma Program at Children’s Colorado for asthma diagnosis, education and treatment, all tailored to your child’s needs.

Our pediatric asthma experts are part of Children’s Colorado’s Breathing Institute, the nation’s largest program focusing on children’s lung health. The asthma program at Children’s Colorado is accredited by the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Asthma Self-Management Education Program.

Contact the Asthma Program at Children’s Colorado

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 720-777-6181 or schedule an appointment online.

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