How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler

by birtanpublished on August 5, 2020

People who have lung conditions like asthma or COPD often take their medications using a handheld device called a metered dose inhaler or MDI a metered dose inhaler sprays medicine through your mouth so that it can reach your Airways if your inhaler is not used

The right way some medicine may not enter your mouth or some may remain in the back of your mouth either way it may not reach your Airways where it is needed this video will show you the general steps for using an inhaler

Correctly it's important to follow the instructions that came with your metered dose inhaler a metered dose inhaler has three main parts the mouthpiece cover the plastic sleeve with a mouthpiece and the

Medicine container before using your metered dose inhaler remove the mouthpiece cap and shake the inhaler if this is the first time you are using your inhaler or if you haven't used it

In a while you may need to prime it check the instructions for how and when to do this with your inhaler as they can differ depending on the type of inhaler and medicine when you're ready to use your inhaler

Stand or sit up straight breathe in deeply and breathe out completely to empty your lungs after shaking the inhaler put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it to form a tight seal as

You breathe in through your mouth press down firmly on the top of your inhaler to release one puff of medicine keep breathing in slowly through your mouth for three to five seconds until your lungs are completely full it is

Recommended to hold your breath for approximately 10 counts finally breathe out slowly through your mouth if your medicine dose requires two puffs you may need to wait before taking the second puff follow the instructions

That came with your inhaler to know how long to wait between puffs after using a steroid inhaler rinse out your mouth with water and spit it out it's important to keep your inhaler clean so that it works properly

Check your inhalers instructions for the right way to clean it proper use of your metered dose inhaler may help you control the symptoms of your lung condition if you have questions about the use of your inhaler

Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist ask them to watch you use your inhaler to see if you are using it properly

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