How to Use Your Metered Dose Inhaler
09
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


NARRATOR: SOME PEOPLE
WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS NEED TO INHALE MEDICINE
INTO THEIR LUNGS. INHALED MEDICINES
CAN BE DELIVERED BY A DEVICE CALLED A “NEBULIZER” OR BY A VARIETY OF DEVICES
CALLED “INHALERS.” THIS VIDEO WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO USE A PRESSURIZED
METERED DOSE INHALER TO DELIVER A MEDICINE
CALLED “ALBUTEROL.” ALBUTEROL CAN BE USED
FOR A VARIETY OF BREATHING CONDITIONS,
SUCH AS ASTHMA AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE
PULMONARY DISEASE, OR COPD. IT ALSO CAN HELP EASE BREATHING
PROBLEMS WHILE EXERCISING. ALBUTEROL HELPS RELAX AND OPEN
THE AIR PASSAGES TO YOUR LUNGS TO MAKE BREATHING EASIER. IT HELPS REDUCE SYMPTOMS
SUCH AS WHEEZING, COUGHING, AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. IF YOU HAVE SUDDEN
BREATHING PROBLEMS, YOU CAN USE ALBUTEROL
AS A RESCUE INHALER TO GET RELIEF RIGHT AWAY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO USE
THE INHALER EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
WILL TELL YOU WHEN AND HOW OFTEN TO USE IT. WHEN YOU RECEIVE
YOUR ALBUTEROL INHALER, YOU SHOULD CHECK
THE EXPIRATION DATE, THEN OPEN THE BOX AND READ
ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE. THE MEDICINE IS GOOD
FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS AFTER YOU START USING IT. EACH INHALER HAS ABOUT
200 DOSES OF ALBUTEROL. THE INHALER HAS 3 PARTS: THE BODY, THE MOUTHPIECE CAP, AND THE CANISTER OF MEDICINE. YOU MUST PRIME YOUR INHALER
BEFORE USING IT. TO PRIME IT, TAKE OFF
THE MOUTHPIECE CAP, SHAKE THE INHALER FOR 5 SECONDS, POINT IT AWAY FROM YOUR FACE, AND PUSH DOWN ON
THE TOP OF THE CANISTER TO RELEASE A TEST SPRAY
INTO THE AIR. FOLLOW THESE STEPS ONE MORE TIME
TO FULLY PRIME THE INHALER. IF YOU EVER GO LONGER
THAN 14 DAYS WITHOUT USING YOUR INHALER, YOU SHOULD PRIME IT AGAIN
BEFORE USING IT. TO USE THE INHALER, TAKE A FULL BREATH IN, THEN LET THE AIR OUT SLOWLY, MAKING AS MUCH ROOM
IN YOUR LUNGS AS YOU CAN FOR THE MEDICINE. AS YOU FINISH BREATHING OUT, LIFT THE INHALER TO YOUR MOUTH AND CLOSE YOUR LIPS
AROUND THE MOUTHPIECE, WITH THE CANISTER POINTING UP
AT THE CEILING. BREATHE IN SLOWLY AND DEEPLY
THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. WHILE BREATHING IN, PRESS THE TOP OF THE CANISTER
ALL THE WAY DOWN TO GIVE YOURSELF A DOSE
OF THE MEDICINE. REMOVE THE INHALER,
CLOSE YOUR MOUTH, AND TRY TO HOLD YOUR BREATH
FOR 10 SECONDS. THIS HELPS THE MEDICINE
GET DEEP INTO YOUR LUNGS. NOW BREATHE OUT
AS SLOWLY AS YOU CAN. SOME PEOPLE NEED TO USE A DEVICE
CALLED A “SPACER” TO HELP THEM USE THE INHALER
CORRECTLY. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
WILL TELL YOU IF YOU NEED A SPACER AND WILL
SHOW YOU HOW TO USE IT. SOME PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE
TWO PUFFS EACH TIME THEY USE THE INHALER. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE
ONE PUFF, WAIT A FULL MINUTE, AND THEN TAKE THE OTHER PUFF. IF YOU NEED TO TAKE
A SECOND DOSE, SHAKE THE INHALER
FOR ANOTHER 5 SECONDS, AND THEN REPEAT THE PROCESS. WHEN YOU’RE DONE, PUT THE CAP
BACK ON THE MOUTHPIECE. SOME METERED DOSE INHALERS
CONTAIN STEROIDS. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
WILL TELL YOU IF YOURS IS ONE OF THEM. IF YOUR INHALER CONTAINS
A STEROID, RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WATER TO REDUCE THE RISK
OF SIDE EFFECTS. YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR INHALER
EVERY 7 DAYS. TO DO THIS, REMOVE THE CANISTER
FROM THE DEVICE BY GENTLY PULLING IT OUT, TAKE THE CAP OFF THE MOUTHPIECE, RINSE THE DEVICE UNDER WARM
RUNNING WATER FOR 30 SECONDS, THEN SHAKE OFF AS MUCH WATER
AS YOU CAN. LOOK INTO THE MOUTHPIECE
TO MAKE SURE NOTHING IS BLOCKING THE HOLE
THAT THE MEDICINE COMES THROUGH. NOW DRY THE INHALER COMPLETELY BY WIPING IT WITH A CLEAN,
DRY CLOTH OR PAPER TOWEL OR LETTING IT AIR-DRY OVERNIGHT. YOU SHOULD STORE YOUR INHALER
SOMEPLACE THAT STAYS DRY AND AT A COMFORTABLE
TEMPERATURE. A KITCHEN CABINET
MIGHT BE A GOOD SPOT. IT WON’T GET TOO HOT
OR TOO COLD, IT STAYS DRY, AND IT’S UP AND AWAY
FROM CHILDREN AND PETS. WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE STEPS
WE’VE SHOWN YOU TODAY, THE PRESSURIZED
METERED DOSE INHALER WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT
IT’S SUPPOSED TO DO, DELIVER THE RIGHT AMOUNT
OF MEDICINE AND HELP YOU BREATHE EASIER.


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