Deposition of corticosteroid aerosol in the human lung by Respimat Soft Mist inhaler compared to deposition by metered dose inhaler or by Turbuhaler dry powder inhaler

J Aerosol Med. 2005 Fall;18(3):264-72. doi: 10.1089/jam.2005.18.264.


Fourteen mild-to-moderate asthmatic patients completed a randomized four-way crossover scintigraphic study to determine the lung deposition of 200 microg budesonide inhaled from a Respimat Soft Mist Inhaler (Respimat SMI), 200 microg budesonide inhaled from a Turbuhaler dry powder inhaler (Turbuhaler DPI, used with fast and slow peak inhaled flow rates), and 250 microg beclomethasone dipropionate inhaled from a pressurized metered dose inhaler (Becloforte pMDI). Mean (range) whole lung deposition of drug from the Respimat SMI (51.6 [46-57]% of the metered dose) was significantly (p < 0.001) greater than that from the Turbuhaler DPI used with both fast and slow inhaled flow rates (28.5 [24-33]% and 17.8 [14-22]%, respectively) or from the Becloforte pMDI (8.9 [6-12]%). The deposition pattern within the lungs was more peripheral for Respimat SMI than for Turbuhaler DPI. The results of this study showed that Respimat SMI deposited corticosteroid more efficiently in the lungs than either of two widely used inhaler devices, Turbuhaler DPI or Becloforte pMDI.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aerosols
  • Aged
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Beclomethasone / administration & dosage*
  • Beclomethasone / pharmacokinetics
  • Bronchodilator Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Bronchodilator Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Budesonide / administration & dosage*
  • Budesonide / pharmacokinetics
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lung / metabolism
  • Male
  • Metered Dose Inhalers*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Technetium


  • Aerosols
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Bronchodilator Agents
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Budesonide
  • Technetium
  • Beclomethasone