Using an Inhaler
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine that you breathe in using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). An inhaler sends a measured amount of medicine in a fine mist.
- Shake the inhaler and remove the cap.
- Take a deep breath and let it out.
- Close your lips around the end of the inhaler mouthpiece. Or if you were told to use the "open-mouth" method, hold the inhaler 1 to 2 inches from your mouth.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply as you press down on the inhaler to release the medication.
- Inhale fully.
- Hold your breath for a count of 10.
- Then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
- Repeat these steps for each puff of medicine prescribed.
- If the inhaler is being used for the first time or has not been used for a while, prime it as directed by the product maker. You can find important information about the medicine in the package insert. This is the paper that comes with the medicine.
- If you use more than one inhaler, make sure you know which one to use first.
- Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can show you how to use your inhaler the right way. Even if you think you are using it the right way, it is still a good idea to check.