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Cartridge replacement

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Steps for cartridge replacement

Cartridge replacement is straightforward. The dose indicator will let the patient know when they need to do this.

Start by removing the clear base and cartridge

Start by removing the clear base and cartridge.

  • Turn the clear base to loosen it. The inhaler is now in a locked position.
  • Pull out the cartridge from the inhaler.

Insert new cartridge.

  • Insert the narrow end of the new cartridge into the inhaler
  • Place the inhaler on a firm surface and push down firmly until it clicks into place
Insert new cartridge
Track cartridge

Track cartridge.

  • Mark the check-box on the inhaler's label to track the number of cartridges
  • Put the clear base back into place until it snaps back automatically

Reading the dose indicator

dose indicator white

The dose indicator shows the number of remaining doses.

dose indicator yellow

Yellow means there are only 10 or fewer puffs remaining and a new cartridge will soon be needed 

dose indicator red

Red tells you when the cartridge is used up and needs replacing. 

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Frequently asked questions

  • The patient may have been prescribed a refill cartridge and this should be used together with the inhaler. Each inhaler can be used with up to 6 refill cartridges
  • Not to throw the Respimat® re-usable inhaler away when the cartridge is empty.
  • The cartridge should be replaced when the indicator changes colour to red with a white arrow indicating that the cartridge is empty.
  • To get a new prescription when the dose counter changes colour to yellow

Respimat® re-usable is available as a single pack (one Respimat® re-usable inhaler plus one cartridge) and a single refill pack (one cartridge). One cartridge contains 60 puffs (30 medicinal doses).

Each re-usable inhaler may be used with up to six cartridges, after which time a new Respimat® re-usable inhaler pack should be prescribed.
There is an option within prescribing systems which allows a prescriber to choose refills.

Yes. When designing the Respimat® re-usable, only a few secondary components of the Respimat® inhaler, such as the dose indicator and the length of the body, had to be modified or added. Delivered dose (DD) and particle size distribution (PSD) of the Respimat® re-usable inhaler were compared with data from a disposable Respimat®. Performance, in terms of delivered dose and fine particle dose, was unchanged. The delivered doses over nine cartridges were also stable and consistently within the upper and lower limits of the reference inhaler.

The Respimat® re-usable is licenced for use with up to six cartridges.

Boehringer Ingelheim simplified handling, improved readability of the dose indicator and redesigned the Respimat® for re-use with multiple cartridges based on patient and physician feedback. The Respimat® re-usable also offers the potential to reduce environmental impact from re-use with up to six cartridges.

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