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Alpha J. Anders, M.D., FCCP
Dba Comprehensive Pulmonary and
Critical Care Associates

2811 H St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone: 661-633-5474
Fax: 661-633-9276
Email: office@bakolungdoc.com

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Business Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8.a.m-5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-noon
 

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Using Your Inhalers

ASTHMA INHALERS


Asthma inhalers are devices that help adults and children control their asthma symptoms.  These small hand-held devices deliver medication to your lungs.

Video Demonstrations:


How to Use Inhalers
(1) Select Language
(2) Select Type of Inhaler
www.use-inhalers.com


 

Metered Dose Inhaler

  1. Remove cap from inhaler

  2. Shake the inhaler for a few seconds

  3. Place your index finger on the top of the canister and thumb on the bottom of the mouthpiece

  4. Tilt your head back slightly and breathe out

  5. Put your lips around the mouth of inhaler and seal your lips

  6. Breathe in and out slowly through your mouth one time

  7. Press down on the inhaler as you breathe in slowly and deeply- about 3 to 5 seconds, and remove inhaler from mouth

  8. Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds then slowly exhale

  9. If instructed by doctor, wait 1 minute and repeat steps 2 through 8

  10. Replace the cap on the inhaler

  11. Rinse mouth, gargle, and spit with water (for corticosteroid inhalers)



     



Metered Dose Inhaler with Spacer

  1. Remove the cap from the inhaler

  2. Shake the inhaler for a few seconds

  3. Put inhaler into the open end of the spacer

  4. Breathe out completely

  5. Put your lips around the mouth of spacer and seal your lips

  6. Press the canister one time

  7. Breathe in slowly through your mouth for 3-5 seconds and remove the spacer from mouth

  8. Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds then slowly breathe out

  9. If you need 2 puffs,  wait 1 minute and repeat steps 3-8

  10. Remove the inhaler from the spacer and replace the caps on the inhaler and spacer

  11. Rinse mouth with water and spit


How to Care for the Inhaler and Spacer

  1. Use a dry cloth to wipe away powder or residue from inhaler

  2. Clean once a week or more if needed

  3. Remove the soft ring at the end of the spacer

  4. Rinse the ring and spacer in warm water

  5. Let the ring and spacer air dry

  6. Do not store your inhaler near heat or an open flame



     



Dry Powder Inhaler

  1. For a diskus like shown above, open the diskus

  2. Slide the lever away from you until you hear a click

  3. Keep the diskus flat

  4. Turn your head and blow out as much air as you can

  5. Put the inhaler up to your mouth, your lips around the opening

  6. Using your mouth, breathe in once, very deep and fast

  7. Take your mouth off the inhaler and hold your breath for at least 10 seconds. Slowly breathe out

  8. Repeat steps 2-7 if you need to take 2 puffs

  9. Close the diskus

  10. Rinse mouth with water and spit
     



 

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