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Do all inhalers work the same way?

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While inhalers use the same general principle, they don’t all work the same way. For instance, you should shake an HFA before using it, but you never shake a DPI.

Each device is cleaned differently and has a different way of tracking when it’s empty. Always follow the instructions for your specific device.

SOURCES:

Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association.

Gail Weinmann, MD, deputy director, NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, Washington D.C.

American Association for Respiratory Care.

American Lung Association.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

National Jewish Health.

National Lung Health Education Program.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on ,

SOURCES:

Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association.

Gail Weinmann, MD, deputy director, NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, Washington D.C.

American Association for Respiratory Care.

American Lung Association.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

National Jewish Health.

National Lung Health Education Program.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on ,

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