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.
A dry powder inhaler
delivers medicine in the form of a fine powder. It lets you breathe medicine
into your lungs quickly. Dry powder inhalers are breath-activated. This means
that when you breathe in through the inhaler, the inhaler releases the medicine
into your lungs.
Dry powder inhalers come in different shapes and
sizes. The way you put (load) medicine in the inhaler depends on the type of
inhaler you have. Some dry powder inhalers come with medicine already loaded
inside. With other dry powder inhalers, you put the medicine in the inhaler
each time before you use it. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how to
load the medicine into your inhaler.
When you use a dry powder inhaler, the medicine is
released into your lungs right away.
A dry powder inhaler is breath-activated. This
means that when you breathe in through the inhaler, the inhaler releases the
medicine into your lungs.
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A dry powder
It is hard to use a dry powder
A dry powder inhaler is simple to use. It is
breath-activated, so you don't have to pump the inhaler and breathe at the same
time like you do with other inhalers.
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Follow these steps for using a dry powder inhaler:
When you use a dry powder inhaler, you inhale quickly
When you use a dry powder inhaler, you inhale
quickly and deeply through your mouth for 2 or 3 seconds. This pulls the powder
from the inhaler into your lungs.
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Now that you have read this
information, you are ready to start using a dry powder inhaler.
If you have
questions about this information, take it with you when you visit your doctor.
You may want to mark areas or make notes where you have questions.
you need information on using a metered-dose inhaler, see the topic:
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November 29, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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