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. If
you need information on using a metered-dose inhaler, see the topic:
- Breathing Problems: Using a Metered-Dose 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. Some come with the medicine already loaded inside the
inhaler. With other inhalers, you have to put in the medicine right before you
use it. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how to load the medicine into