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Your health care provider may prescribe medication that you breathe in using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). An inhaler delivers a measured amount of medication in a fine mist.
Shake the inhaler and remove the cap.
Take a deep breath and let it out.
Close your lips around the end of the inhaled mouthpiece. Or, if you were told to use the "open-mouth" method, hold the inhaler 1-2 inches from your mouth.
Breathe in slowly and deeply as you press down on the inhaler to release the medication.
Hold your breath for a count of 10.
Then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Repeat these steps for each puff of medication prescribed.
If the inhaler is being used for the first time or has not been used for a while, prime it as directed by the manufacturer. Important information about the inhaled medication can be found in the package insert, the paper that comes with the medication.
If you use more than one inhaler, make sure you know which to use first.
Your health care provider or pharmacist can help you with correctly using your inhaler. Even if you think you are using it correctly, it is still a good idea to check.
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