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Why is it important to learn how to use my inhaler for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If you use the hydrofluoroalkane inhaler or dry powder inhaler the right way, you receive the right amount of COPD medication and it can reach deep inside your lungs. Then you can gain the full benefit of the medication. Also, if you use your inhaler the right way, you are less likely to experience side effects.

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication With a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)" and "Inhaled Medication With a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Spacer." MedlinePlus: "Encyclopedia: Metered dose inhaler use." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Asthma Guide: Using Your Metered Dose Inhalers and Spacers." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Metered-Dose Inhaler: How to Use It Correctly." National Lung Health Education Program" "Devices." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic: "Dry Powder Inhalers." Healthtouch Online: "How to Use a Dry Powder Inhaler."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 25, 2017

SOURCES: National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication With a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)" and "Inhaled Medication With a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Spacer." MedlinePlus: "Encyclopedia: Metered dose inhaler use." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Asthma Guide: Using Your Metered Dose Inhalers and Spacers." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Metered-Dose Inhaler: How to Use It Correctly." National Lung Health Education Program" "Devices." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic: "Dry Powder Inhalers." Healthtouch Online: "How to Use a Dry Powder Inhaler."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 25, 2017

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