How to use Bricanyl
When you use Bricanyl Turbohaler, it’s really important to read the instructions you get with it. Using ‘correct inhaler technique’ will help the medication to work at its best. If you haven’t been shown this, let us know.
To get your Bricanyl Turbohaler ready:
- unscrew the cover
- lift off the cap
- hold it vertically upright. The blue grip should be towards the floor
- twist the blue grip as far as you can one way, then do the same the other way
- listen out for a click
- repeat the twist you just did in both directions
To use Bricanyl:
- take off the cover
- hold it vertically upright, blue grip towards the floor
- load a dose by twisting the blue grip as far as you can one way, and then the other
- breathe out gently
- put the mouthpiece between your teeth and fasten your lips around it
- breathe in as hard and deep as you can
- take the turbohaler out of your mouth
- put the cover back on
- rinse your mouth with water
What dose of Bricanyl should I take?
Usually, one 0.5mg dose when you get breathless (so one puff of the inhaler) up to four times a day. But the dose can vary depending on your health. We can chat to you about the right dose for you during your consultation with us. If you find that the dose isn’t working the way that it should for you, send our clinician a message. We can adjust your dose or explore other treatments with you.
Can I get Bricanyl Turbohaler over the counter?
No, Bricanyl isn’t available over the counter. It’s an S3 or ‘pharmacist only’ medicine. This means that it’s usually kept behind the counter at a pharmacy and you’ll need to speak to a pharmacist before you can buy it. This is so that they can decide if it’s suitable (and safe) for you to use.
Bricanyl can have side effects including headache, feeling shaky and muscle cramps. So a clinician will need to take these sort of factors into consideration before prescribing you Bricanyl.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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