Patients with asthma and other lung diseases may use a powder inhaler to facilitate breathing. Inhaled drugs act faster than the same drugs in pills.
- Powder inhalers act instantly.
- The powder inhaler is activated by inhalation.
- Powder inhalers come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
A dry powder inhaler displays the medicine in the form of a fine powder. This contributes to the rapid entry of the drug into the lungs. Powder inhalers are activated by inhalation.
Powder inhalers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The method of placing the drug within the inhaler depends on the type of device. Some powder inhalers are already manufactured with a certain medicine inside. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you regarding the use of the inhaler.
Why use a powder inhaler?
Dry powder inhaler:
- Easy to use.
- Allows you to inhale the required amount of medicine.
- Helps to control symptoms and minimize further damage to the lungs.
- Helps prevent or reduce side effects.
How to use a powder inhaler?
Consult your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you are using the correct inhaler. Try to practice its application in front of the mirror. Use the inhaler as directed.
Keep the inhaler in a cool dry place. Do not store it in the bathroom. Humidity in the air can cause accumulation of powder and the formation of lumps.
Keep track of the amount of medication left in the inhaler. Some inhalers are equipped with dispensers, which allows you to monitor the level of drugs in the drug.
Follow the doctor’s instructions.
Using a dry powder inhaler:
- Be sure to use the correct preparation.
- Remove the inhaler cap.
- Place the medicine in the inhaler, according to the doctor’s instructions.
- Make a slow and full exhalation.
- Close the lips around the tip of the inhaler.
- Breathe in quickly and deeply by mouth for 2 – 3 seconds. The medicine will fall into the lungs.
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds. This will allow the drug to be localized in the lungs.
- If you use an inhaler with corticosteroids, rinse your mouth with water after inhalation and do not swallow water. Swallowing water will increase the risk of getting medication into the bloodstream, which can cause side effects.
- If you have any questions, consult your doctor for advice.