Asthma how-to: How to use a Dry Powder Inhaler

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Medicine can get deep into the lungs through
a dry powdered inhaler or DPI for short. Here’s how older kids and teens can use
a DPI. How are DPIs different from metered dose inhalers? Unlike other inhalers, which deliver a puff
of medicine, these inhalers hold the medicine as a dry powder. Since the medicine sits inside as a powder,
you have to breathe in fast and deep to get the medicine into the lungs. Think of it this way: Hold like a hamburger-suck
like a milkshake! Hold the dry powdered flat, like this, with
one hand. Don’t shake it. Put the thumb of your other hand on the thumb
grip to slide the door open to find the mouthpiece. Place thumb on lever and push your thumb away
from you as far as it will go until you hear a click. Turn your head to the side and breathe out-do
not breathe into the inhaler. Close your mouth tightly around the mouthpiece
while holding the device flat Breathe in fast and deep through the mouthpiece. Hold it like a hamburger-suck like a milkshake! After you breathe the medicine in, hold your
breath for a count of 10. Then slowly breathe out. Close the device when you’re finished so
it will be ready for your next dose. You may not feel or taste the medicine. Rinse your mouth out with water or brush your
teeth after using dry powdered inhalers. Wipe the mouthpiece with a dry cloth after
each use. Always keep the dry powdered inhaler dry and
never take it apart. Remember if you have questions, call your
doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

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