Metered dose inhaler use
|Metered dose inhaler use - part one|
A metered dose inhaler (MDI) delivers a specific amount of medicine in aerosol form. This makes it possible to inhale the medication, directly into the lungs.
MDI's are commonly used to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other respiratory conditions.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part two|
Warm the canister to body temperature, remove the cap, and shake the inhaler hard.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part three|
Breathe out all the way.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part four|
Hold the inhaler 1 to 2 inches in front of your mouth (about the width of 2 fingers).
|Metered dose inhaler use - part five|
Start breathing in slowly through your mouth, and then press down on the inhaler one time. Breathe in slowly, as deeply as you can.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part six|
Slowly count to 10 while you hold your breath (if you can). This lets the medicine reach deep into your lungs.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part seven|
If your doctor prescribed more than one puff of medicine, repeat this procedure, starting with step 2. Wait at least 15 seconds between puffs.
|Metered dose inhaler use - part eight|
Rinse your mouth afterward to help reduce unwanted side effects.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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