How to Use a Diskus Asthma Inhaler

Proper inhaler device technique is important when taking your medicine(s) and monitoring your breathing. Learn the correct way to use your Diskus Dry Powder Inhaler.

Watch this video to learn how to use a Diskus Dry Powder Inhaler.

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How to use a discus dry powder inhaler. Check the dose counter on the side of the inhaler. Do not use if it says zero zeromeans the inhaler is empty and needs to be replaced with one hand. Hold the discus in a level flat position and open it with the other hand. Place your thumb on the thumb grip. Push your thumb away from you until it clicks. You should now see the mouthpiece while holding the device in a level flat position. Use your thumb again to push the dose lever away from the mouthpiece as far as it will go until you hear it, click. 

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Prepare your body by sitting or standing up straight. Breathe out all the way away from the inhaler. Never breathe into the device. Tilt your head back slightly. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth between your teeth. Close your lips tightly around the mouthpiece. Breathing quickly and deeply through your mouth. Remove discus from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds.

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Breathe out slowly away from the device. 

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Rinse your mouth out with water and spit it out. 

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Close inhaler cover until it clicks and store in a cool dry place. If you have trouble using the inhaler correctly, ask your pharmacist or doctor for help.

Page last updated: November 17, 2022

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