How to Use a Twisthaler®
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


This device is called a Twisthaler. It is a breath-activated device, which means
that the medication is released when you inhale. To open the Twisthaler, hold the Twisthaler
straight up with the pink portion on the bottom. This is important to make sure the right amount
of medication is loaded in your device. Turn the Twisthaler cap to the left to remove
it. As you turn the cap, this will open the next
dose of medication. As you open the Twisthaler, make sure that
the indented arrow on the white portion of the Twisthaler lines up with the counter window. Do not shake it, 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 Twisthaler to your
mouth and seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece. Breathe in rapidly and deeply and hold your
breath for as long as you can, up to 10 seconds. Let me show you what that should look like. We already twisted the cap off and primed
it so now we’re going to inhale. If you were instructed to take another dose,
you’d put the cap on, twist the cap off, and do that again. After you take the dose, wipe the mouthpiece
dry if you need to. Replace the cap by twisting the cap to the
right. You will hear a click when the cap is fully
closed. The cap pointer will also line up with the
counter window. Repeat these steps for each dose you’ve been
told to take. Always rinse your mouth with water and spit
it out after using the Twisthaler. The Twisthaler has a dose counter on the pink
base. It will let you know how many doses are left. As you turn the Twisthaler cap to take it
off, the dose counter will count down by 1. The Twisthaler will count down to 0 when the
the Twisthaler is empty. To clean the Twisthaler, 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 put the cap on the Twisthaler
after each use to help it stay clean.


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