Step by step instructions on how to replace the cartridge of your RESPIMAT® inhaler

Cartridge replacement is straightforward. The dose indicator will let you know when you need to do this. 1


Reading the dose indicator 1


The dose indicator shows the number of remaining doses.


Yellow means there are only 10 puffs left and you will need a new cartridge soon.


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

Steps for cartridge replacement 1

1. Remove clear base

  • Keep the cap closed

  • Press the grey safety catch on the side of the RESPIMAT® inhaler while firmly pulling off the clear base with your other hand

  • Pull off the cartridge from the inhaler. Insert a new cartridge

2. Insert cartridge

  • Insert the narrow end of the cartridge into the inhaler

  • Place the inhaler on a firm surface and push down firmly until it clicks into place

3. 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 clicks 

Steps for activation


  • 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 towards the ground

  • Press the dose release button

  • Close the cap
    Repeat the Turn – Open – Press  until a cloud is visible, then repeat 3 more times

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

You can use up to 6 cartridges with your RESPIMAT® inhaler 1

New cartridges are available in refill packs that contain up to three cartridges.

  1. Dalby RN, et al. Med Devices (Auckl). 2011;4:145-155.
  2. Dalby R, et al. Int J Pharm. 2004;283(1-2):1-9.
  3. Placebo RESPIMAT® Instructions for use. October 2018.
  4. Anderson P. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2006;1(3): 251-259.