How to use your metered-dose inhaler

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

This animation will show how to use your metered-dose
inhaler. Click the navigation arrows below the animation screen to play, pause, rewind
or fast-forward the animation. This animation contains sound. Your metered-dose inhaler
will have a plastic casing, a canister where the medicine comes from and a mouthpiece cover
that slides on and off. Your inhaler may be a different colour to the one shown here but
it will still work in the same way. If you haven’t used your inhaler for more than a
week, you will need to test it to see if it works. Shake your inhaler well and turn it
away from you. Press the canister once to spray a mist of medicine into the air. When
you’re ready to use your inhaler, remove the mouthpiece cover and shake it well.Hold your
inhaler so that your thumb is under the mouthpiece and your index finger is on top of the canister.
Take a few deep breaths and then breathe out gently, but fully. Place the mouthpiece in
your mouth and seal your lips around it, holding it between your lips. Start to breathe in
slowly through your mouth. As you do this, press down onto the canister to release one
puff of medicine while continuing to slowly breathe in. Hold your breath for about 10
seconds or for as long as it feels comfortable. When you’re finished, always place the mouthpiece
cover back onto your inhaler. If you need to use your inhaler with a spacer, shake your
inhaler, remove the mouthpiece cover and place your inhaler into the spacer. When you’re
ready, follow the same instructions as before. Your doctor may advise you to breathe in and
out through the mouthpiece once or several times, depending on the type of inhaler you
have. A mask can be attached over the mouthpiece on the spacer to make it easier for babies
and young children to take their metered-dose inhaler. Follow your asthma nurse or doctor’s
advice carefully about how to use your inhaler. Always ask your doctor for advice and read
the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine. This is the end of the
animation. Click on the animation screen to watch it again.

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