People who have asthma or other lung diseases that make it hard to breathe may use an inhaler to get the medicine they need into their lungs. Inhaled medicine works faster than the same medicine in a pill. An inhaler also lets you take less medicine than you would if you took it as a pill.
You may have used a metered-dose inhaler in the past. But a dry powder inhaler is different. These instructions are for using a dry powder inhaler.
Taking medicine can help control your asthma or your child's asthma. You or your child will feel good, breathe better, and be able to do more.
These medicines may come in a pill or an inhaler. An inhaler is plastic tube that you breathe into. Your doctor will help you choose which ones are best for you. Make sure you take them the way your doctor tells you to.
Use these tips to get the most out of your medicines:
These medicines may come in a pill or an inhaler. An inhaler is plastic tube that your child breathes into. Your doctor will help you choose which ones are best for your child. Make sure your child takes them the way your doctor tells you to.
Use these tips to get the most out of your child's medicines:
Using a spacer with an MDI is the most efficient way to get the most medicine to your lungs. Make sure you understand the proper use of an:
Although using an MDI with a spacer is usually recommended, you can also use an MDI without a spacer. Learn the proper use of an:
If you are inhaling steroid medicine, rinse your mouth out with water after use. Don't swallow the water. Swallowing the water will increase the chance that the medicine will get into your bloodstream. This may increase the side effects of the medicine.
Some liquid may build up on the inhaler, but you may not need to clean the inhaler every day. Follow the directions for how and how often to clean the type of MDI you have.