How to Use a Flexhaler®

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This device is called a Flexhaler. It is a breath-activated device, which means
that the medication is released when you inhale. Before you use the Flexhaler for the very
first time, you will need to prime it. To prime the Flexhaler, twist off the cap
and hold the device straight up. Turn the bottom to the left and then to the
right. You will hear a click. Now repeat this. You do not have to prime the Flexhaler any
other time. When you are ready to take your medication,
you will need to load it. To load the medication, hold the Flexhaler
up straight, turn the bottom to the left and then back to the right and you�ll hear the
click. The medication is now loaded and ready for
you to take. Once the medication is loaded, you�ll need
to keep the Flexhaler steady. Do not shake it or cough or breathe into it
or you will lose some of the medication. To take your medication, turn away from the
mouthpiece and breathe out. Then carefully bring the Flexhaler to your
mouth and seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece. Breathe in rapidly and deeply and hold your
breath as long as you can � up to 10 seconds. Let�s see what that should look like. We�ve already loaded our medication and
we�re ready to go. Repeat for each dose you�ve been told to
take, starting with the loading of the medication. Always rinse your mouth with water and spit
it out after using the Flexhaler. The Flexhaler has a dose counter window below
the mouthpiece. It will let you know approximately how many
doses are left. When the device is full, you will either see
the number 120 or 60 at the center of the window, depending on your prescription. As you use your device, you will notice that
the numbers decrease by 10, alternating numbers and dashes going down to 0. For example, if your Flexhaler starts at 120,
after 10 doses, you will see a dash in the middle of the window. After 10 more doses, you will see the number
100. After 10 more doses, you will see a dash with
90 doses remaining. The Flexhaler will count down to 0 in the
center of the window when the device is empty. When the Flexhaler is empty, you will still
hear a sound when you shake the device, but it�s not the medication. It is the drying agent that keeps the medication
dry. To clean the Flexhaler, do not put it in water. Simply wipe the mouthpiece with a clean cloth
when it appears dirty or at least every week. And then be sure to keep the cap on the Flexhaler
after each use to help it stay clean.

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