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    Breathing Problems: Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler

    Diseases affecting the lungs—such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—share many of the same medicines. These medicines are often delivered through a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).

    Using an MDI:

    • Delivers most of a measured dose of medicine directly to your lungs.
    • Can help keep your symptoms under control and minimize long-term damage to your lungs.
    • May prevent or reduce side effects of the medicine.
    • May let you use less medicine than is found in a pill but get the same effect.
    • May result in the medicine working faster than a pill form.

    how.gif  How to use a metered-dose inhaler

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerKen Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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