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how to use your inhaler

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demonstration on how to use your metered dose inhaler and spacer

Here are general instructions for using a metered dose inhaler and spacer.

To begin, shake the inhaler five or six times.

Remove the mouthpiece cover and place the spacer over the mouthpiece at the end of the inhaler.

Put your lips and teeth over the spacer and breathe in slowly. As you do so, squeeze the top of the canister once. Keep inhaling even after you finish the squeeze. Continue inhaling slowly and deeply.

After inhaling, remove the spacer from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds.

If you need another dose of medication, repeat the previous steps.

Your inhaler may come with slightly different instructions. Ask your doctor for a demonstration.

How to use dry powder tube inhaler

Here are general instructions for using a dry powder tube inhaler.

To begin, twist the cover off and set it down.

Next, load the dose of medication. Twist the base grip to the right as far as it will go. Twist it back to the left. You will hear a click, which means it's ready to go.

You don't need to shake the inhaler.

Bring the inhaler to your lips in a horizontal position. Put your lips over the tube and take a quick, deep breath. Continue inhaling quickly and deeply.

If you need another dose of medication, repeat the previous steps.

If you accidentally blow into your inhaler after loading a dose, start over and load a new dose. The tube inhaler is designed to deliver one dose at a time.

When you are finished, place the cover back on the inhaler and twist shut. Keep your inhaler dry and store it at room temperature.

Your inhaler may come with slightly different instructions. Ask your doctor for a demonstration.

how to use peak flow meter

A peak flow meter helps monitor respiratory conditions such as asthma, by measuring maximum airflow out of your lungs.

Consult with your doctor as to where to set the color-coded indicators. They are what help determine the status of your airflow.

To begin, hold the meter by the handgrip. Slide the red piston to the bottom of the scale, next to the mouthpiece.

Raise the meter horizontally, inhale deeply, then place your mouth over the mouthpiece and blow forcefully. Make sure your lips act as a seal over the mouthpiece so that no air escapes.

The red piston will slide up the scale. The number that it stops on is your peak flow reading.

Repeat the test two more times. Each time, remember to slide the red indicator back to its start position near the mouthpiece.

Record the highest reading, with the date and time. Your doctor will help determine a personalized scale to use with your meter, dependent on your age, height, sex and health.


how to use dry powder disk inhaler

Here are general instructions for using a dry powder disk inhaler.

To begin, hold the disk level in one hand. With the other hand, put your thumb in the appropriate notch and push it away from you as far as it goes. The mouthpiece will appear and snap into place.

Keep the disk horizontal. Again with your thumb, slide the lever away from you until it clicks.

The disk is now ready to deliver medication.

Put your lips around the mouthpiece. Breathe in quickly and deeply through your mouth — not your nose. After inhaling, remove the disk from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds.

To close the disk, put your thumb in the notch and slide it back toward you as far as it goes. The disk will click shut, and the lever will automatically return to its original position. The disk is now ready for your next dose.

Your inhaler may come with slightly different instructions. Ask your doctor for a demonstration.

how to use single dose dry powder inhaler


To begin, remove the inhaler cover. Then hold the base of the inhaler firmly and twist the mouthpiece to open. Push the buttons on each side of the base to test the small spikes within the capsule chamber. These spikes puncture the capsule of medication.

Remove the capsule from its foil container and place it in the capsule chamber at the base of the inhaler. Do not put the capsule in the mouthpiece. Twist the mouthpiece back to a closed position.

With the inhaler upright and vertical, press the spike buttons once. You should hear a click; that's the capsule being pierced.

Release the buttons and prepare to inhale. Do not shake the inhaler.

Bring the inhaler to your lips in a horizontal position. The blue spike buttons should be on the left and right of the inhaler, not top and bottom.

Put your lips over the mouthpiece and breathe in deeply and quickly.

As you inhale, you will experience a sweet taste and hear the capsule spinning in the chamber.

After inhaling, hold your breath for up to 10 seconds.

Open the inhaler to check for leftover powder. If some remains, close the chamber and inhale again.

After use, remove the empty capsule and throw it away. Then close the inhaler and replace the mouthpiece cover.

Your inhaler may come with slightly different instructions. Ask your doctor for a demonstration.

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