AskDefine | Define inhaler

Dictionary Definition

inhaler n : a dispenser that produces a chemical vapor to be inhaled in order to relieve nasal congestion [syn: inhalator]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A canister containing medicine in aerosol form, which is pumped out, most often used in the treatment of asthma.


canister containing medicine

Extensive Definition

Current Types of Inhalers by Category

  • Rescue Inhalers: Short-Acting Beta-2 Adrenergic Bronchodilator Inhalers
  • Maintenance Inhalers: Long-Acting Adrenergic Bronchodilator Inhalers
  • Maintenance Inhalers: Anticholinergic Bronchodilators in COPD
  • Maintenance Inhalers: Corticosteroids
  • Combination Inhalers: Corticosteroid with LongActing Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonist
  • Combination Maintenance Inhaler: Anticholinergics with Short- Acting Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonists

External links


  • Patton, J., Breathing life into protein drugs - Inhalation of therapeutic macromolecules is a feasible, natural, more people-friendly, delivery system. Nature Biotechnology, 1998. 16(2): p. 141-143.
inhaler in German: Inhalator
inhaler in Spanish: Inhalador
inhaler in Swedish: Inhalator
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