How to Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler without a Valved Holding Chamber

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

Watch this vide to learn how to use a metered-dose inhaler.

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How to use a meter dose
 inhaler without a valved

 

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holding chamber. 

 

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Check the dose counter on
 the inhaler.

 

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Do not use it if it sends
 zero.

 

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Zero means the inhaler is empty
 and needs to be replaced.

 

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Prime a brand new inhaler before
 using it for

 

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the first time. 

 

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This prepares the inhaler for use.
 

 

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Prime the inhaler by shaking the inhaler for 10 seconds
 and spraying two or

 

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four puffs into the air based on
 your medicine instructions.

 

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Prime again if you have not used
 this inhaler for 1 to 2

 

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weeks or have dropped it.
 

 

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Priming does not waste doses. 

 

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To take a dose, shake the inhaler to
 mix the medicine.

 

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Take the cap off the inhaler and make sure
 it is clean and there is

 

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nothing inside of
 the mouthpiece.

 

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Prepare your body by sitting or standing
 up straight.

 

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Breathe out all the way
 away from the device.

 

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Hold the inhaler with your pointer
 finger on the top

 

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of the inhaler. 

 

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Tilt your head back slightly. 

 

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Put the inhaler mouthpiece into your
 mouth above your tongue.

 

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Close your lips tightly around
 the mouthpiece.

 

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Keep your lips closed around
 the mouthpiece.

 

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Breathe in through your mouth. 

 

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At the same time you press down once
 on the inhaler, breathe in

 

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deep and steady for 3 to 5 seconds
 to pull the medicine

 

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into your lungs. 

 

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Remove the inhaler
 and hold your breath

 

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for up to 10 seconds. 

 

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Breathe out slowly through
 your mouth.

 

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Repeat these steps in
 one minute

 

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if using more than one puff. 

 

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Rinse your mouth with water
 and spit it out.

 

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Replace the cap and store in a
 cool, dry place.

 

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Clean your inhaler according to the
 package instructions.

 

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If you have trouble using the inhaler
 correctly, ask your

 

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pharmacist or doctor for help. 

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