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How do soft mist inhalers (SMI) work to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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A soft mist inhaler (SMI) is a newer type of inhaler that gives you a pre-measured amount of medicine in a slow-moving mist. The mist helps you inhale the medicine. You put your lips on the mouthpiece while you hold the device horizontally. Be careful not to cover the air vents. This type of device actively delivers medicine in a way that doesn’t depend on how fast you breathe in the air from the inhaler.

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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