Importance of using an inhaler correctly

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Using an inhaler correctly allows you to breathe the medication directly into your lungs, where it is needed, whether you are using it as a preventer or a reliever. The medication isn't being absorbed into the rest of your body, therefore you're less likely to experience undesirable effects. The best chance of controlling your asthma symptoms is provided by doing this.

Even if you believe your inhaler technique is adequate, there may still be opportunity for development so that more of the medication reaches your deepest lung tissues. Poor control of asthma is correlated with improper inhaler technique.

Consult your physician, an asthma nurse, or a pharmacist to review your inhaler technique. If you're having trouble using your inhaler, they can suggest a different model. For instance, a dry powder inhaler may be significantly simpler to operate than a metered-dose inhaler because it requires less hand power.

To assist in pushing the inhaler canister, some people may use tools. Although this item has been retired, we are investigating substitutes. If you have weak hand strength, consult your doctor, an asthma nurse, or a pharmacist for suggestions on alternative inhalers or aids.

Using an inhaler correctly

1. Shake the MDI thoroughly after removing the cap.
2. Breathe fully out.
3. Put the inhaler mouthpiece between your teeth and firmly seal your lips around it.
4. Press down on the canister once as you begin to inhale slowly.
5. Continue taking deep, steady breaths as much as you can. (It should take you around 5 seconds to inhale fully.)
6. Holding your breath for 10 seconds while carefully counting to 10 will help the medicine enter the lung's airways.
7. For each puff that your doctor has prescribed, repeat the procedure above. Take a minute or so between each puff.
8. When finished, put the MDI's cap back on.

The preferred method is frequently one that uses a valved holding chamber. These add-ons hold the pharmaceutical "spray" and are attached to the MDI. They facilitate the usage of the MDI and aid in enhancing medicine absorption into the lungs.

Benefits of using an inhaler correctly

It can benefit you if you use your inhaler as directed and with the proper inhaler technique.

  • reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack
  • more effectively manage your typical asthma symptoms
  • acquire a good night's sleep, engage in family activities and exercise.

If you use your inhaler correctly, you may be able to control your asthma symptoms without needing to take larger amounts of medication.

Maintaining and cleaning your inhaler

You may prevent issues like accidentally inhaling dust from the mouthpiece by keeping your inhaler clean.

It's crucial to store it somewhere dry and cool. Do not store your inhaler in a wet bathroom cabinet or on a hot windowsill. Always keep an eye on the expiration date on your inhaler. You can dispose of a used or outdated inhaler at your local pharmacy or online.