Asthma how-to: How to use a twisthaler

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

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. 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: It’s like sucking
a milkshake through a straw! Hold the inhaler upright with the colored
base on the bottom. Hold the bottom and twist the white cap to
the left, you will hear and feel a click. Lift the cap off. Make sure the arrow is lined up with the dose
counter. Do not shake the inhaler. Turn your head to the side and breathe out-do
not breathe into the inhaler. Close your mouth tightly around the mouthpiece. Breathe in fast and deep through the mouthpiece. Suck like a milkshake! After you breathe the medicine in, hold your
breath for a count of 10. Then slowly breathe out.
Replace the cap and twist it to the right until it clicks. The cap must be closed to load the 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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