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 lets you breathe medicine
into your lungs quickly.
- 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.
- Dry powder inhalers come in different
shapes and sizes. For some, you need to add the medicine to the inhaler each time you use it. Other dry powder inhalers come with a supply of medicine already in them. But for these, you will need to "load" each dose of medicine each time you use it. How you load a dose depends on the type of inhaler you have.
How to use a dry powder inhaler