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How To Use A Breath-activated Inhaler

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What is a breath-activated inhaler?

A breath-activated inhaler is a handheld device that delivers a dose of medicine as a mist when you inhale. You breathe the medicine deep into your lungs to open your airways.

How do I use a breath-activated inhaler?

  • Follow the instructions to put together the inhaler. It may have one or more levers that you pull or push.
  • Remove the cap. Check to make sure there are no foreign objects in the mouthpiece or the vents.
  • Shake the inhaler to mix the medicine. Breathe out fully.
  • Hold the inhaler upright, with the mouthpiece pointing towards your mouth. Do not cover the vents. Place the mouthpiece between your lips.
  • Breathe in deeply. You will hear a click and feel the mist when the medicine comes out. Do not stop inhaling when you feel the mist.
  • Hold your breath for about 10 seconds. Breathe out slowly.
  • Repeat if more puffs of medicine are needed.

How do I care for my breath-activated inhaler?

Put the cap back on the inhaler after each use to keep the mouthpiece clean. Clean your inhaler at least once a week as directed by your healthcare provider.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • You feel the medicine spray on your tongue or throat, rather than going into your lungs.
  • You usually take more puffs from the inhaler than your healthcare provider says you need.
  • You run out of medicine before your next refill is due, or sooner than your healthcare provider says you should.
  • You feel like your medicine is not controlling your symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

  • Your lips or nails turn blue or gray.
  • The skin between your ribs or around your neck pulls in with every breath.
  • You feel short of breath, even after you use your inhaler.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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