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How it works

The Respimat® inhaler is used in 3 different products

Your inhaler may look different to those in the illustrations below

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Respimat® re-usable: key features

You will need to use this inhaler only once a day. Each time the inhaler is used take two actuations (puffs).

  • If the inhaler has not been used for more than 7 days release one actuation (puff) towards the ground.
  • If the inhaler has not been used for more than 21 days repeat steps 4 to 6 under 'Prepare for use' until a cloud is visible. Then repeat steps 4 to 6 three more times.
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Exchangeable cartridge

Exchangeable cartridge and a clear dose indicator


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 puffs left and you will need a new cartridge soon. 

Dose indicator red

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

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How to replace the cartridge in your Respimat® inhaler


Remove clear base.

  • Keep the cap closed.
  • Press the safety catch while pulling off the clear base with the other hand.
Exchangeable cartridge
Insert new cartridge

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

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
Track cartridge


  • Keep the cap closed.
  • Turn the clear base in the direction of the arrows on the label until it clicks (half a turn).


  • Open the cap until it snaps fully open.


  • Point the inhaler toward the ground
  • Press the dose-release button.
  • Close the cap.
  • Repeat steps 4-6 until a cloud is visible.
  • After a cloud is visible, repeat steps 4-6 three more times.

Your inhaler is now ready to use and will deliver 60 puffs (30 deses)

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Respimat® re-usable: new features

The re-usable inhaler has improved handling, a larger dose indicator and is now re-usable enabling use with up to 6 cartridges


Exchangeable cartridge and large dose indicator

Dose indicator

Straightforward monthly assembly Automatic detachment of clear base when cartridge is empty

Remove clear base
Insert cartridge

Can be reused with up to six cartridges

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Frequently asked questions

  • Since 17th of September 2019 your pharmacist or healthcare professional has only been able to dispense a Respimat® re-usable inhaler.
  • The existing prescription details have not changed, including the dose of medicine you take. The daily use of the Respimat® inhaler is still the same.
  • Do not throw the Respimat® re-usable inhaler away when the cartridge is empty
  • 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® re-usable is supplied as a single pack (one Respimat® re-usable inhaler plus one cartridge). Single refill packs are also available that contain one cartridge, but no inhaler. One cartridge contains one month’s usage (60 puffs, which equals 30 medicinal doses).

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

You should contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

The Respimat® re-usable inhaler is labelled with a cartridge counter to help patients keep track of how many cartridges they have used. One box on the label should be ticked each time a new cartridge is inserted, and you should replace your inhaler 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.

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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
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The information on this website has been created by Boehringer Ingelheim. For product information, including patient leaflets and summary of product characteristics, please see Product Information section.
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