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Respimat®: Information for patients and carers

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do not throw the Respimat® inhaler away when the cartridge is empty because it can be re-used with a new cartridge
  • You can use up to six cartridges before you need a new inhaler and there is a counter on the side of the inhaler for you to track the amount of cartridges that have been used with each inhaler
  • Contact your nurse, doctor or pharmacist for a new prescription when the dose counter on the cartridge changes colour to yellow

Respimat® is supplied as a single pack (one Respimat® inhaler plus one cartridge). Single refill packs are also available that contain one cartridge, with no inhaler. One cartridge contains one month’s usage (60 puffs, which equals 30 medicinal doses).

Six cartridges can be used with each Respimat® inhaler, after which time you should be given a new inhaler.

The Respimat® inhaler is labelled with a cartridge counter to help you keep track of how many cartridges you have used. One box on the label should be ticked each time a new cartridge is inserted and your inhaler should be replaced after the sixth cartridge has been used.

The dose indicator shows how many puffs remain in the cartridge. When there are 10 puffs (5 medicinal doses) remaining the indicator will change from white to yellow and you should get a new cartridge. When the cartridge indicator turns red the cartridge is used up and needs replacing.

The recommended cleaning period and cleaning instructions for the Respimat® inhaler are to clean the mouthpiece including the metal part inside the mouthpiece with a damp cloth or tissue only, at least once a week.

Please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for more information.

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Please note that this website is designed for information and reference purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. You should consult your doctor or another suitably trained healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns regarding your health conditions or medications, and report any side effects to them immediately.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via The Yellow Card Scheme at
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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