How To Use Metered Dose Inhalers

Many people when they are prescribed metered dose inhalers to treat their asthma symptoms will think that it is simple to use. What most do not realize is that they are actually using it the wrong way. This will waste their medications and keep them from keeping their asthma symptoms and attacks at bay.

  • The first thing you need to do is remove the cap off the inhaler and shake the inahler as hard as you can.
  • Breathe all of the air out of you while holding the inhaler one to two inches from your mouth.
  • Place the inhaler into a spacer and place this in your mouth.
  • Press down on the inhaler once while you are slowly breathing in through your moth.
  • To allow the medicine to reach the lungs you need to continue to breath slowly and deeply.
  • Hold your breath and count to ten. This will give it a chance for all the medicine to reach your lungs.
  • Ask your doctor how long you need to wait in between puffs. Some require a minute while other require a few seconds.
  • Rinse out your mouth when you are finished to there are no side effects.

Clean The Inhaler

It is important that you clean the inhaler when it is dirty or there is extra powder on or around the hole. To clean it all you need to do is remove the metal canister from the mouthpiece. Rinse out the mouthpiece and cap to it in warm water and allow them to air dry through the night. You can put the canister back inside the next day.

Replacing Inhalers

The canister you are using should tell you how many puffs you can take before it is finished and you need to replace it with a new one. You should mark on your calendar the day that you started to take it. Most will last only a month.