How to Use Your Twisthaler
23
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 DRY POWDER INHALER CALLED THE MOMETASONE
TWISTHALER. MOMETASONE IS ALSO KNOWN
AS ASMANEX. MOMETASONE HELPS REDUCE
SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA BY DECREASING INFLAMMATION
AND SWELLING IN YOUR AIRWAYS. IT’S IMPORTANT
TO USE THE INHALER EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED, EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL FINE. THIS WILL HELP YOU BREATHE
EASIER IN THE LONG RUN. THE MOMETASONE TWISTHALER
IS NOT A RESCUE INHALER. RESCUE INHALERS GIVE RELIEF
RIGHT AWAY TO SOMEONE WHO’S HAVING
A SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACK. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
CAN TELL YOU MORE ABOUT RESCUE INHALERS
IF YOU NEED ONE. WHEN YOU GET YOUR
MOMETASONE TWISTHALER, CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE
ON THE BOX TO MAKE SURE IT’S STILL GOOD. THE INHALER COMES
IN A FOIL PACKAGE. TEAR IT OPEN
TO REMOVE THE INHALER. ONCE THE FOIL IS OPENED, THE MEDICINE IS GOOD
FOR 45 DAYS. CHECK YOUR CALENDAR,
COUNT 45 DAYS FROM TODAY, AND WRITE THAT DATE
ON THE TWISTHALER CAP WITH A PERMANENT MARKER. THE TWISTHALER CAP IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT KEEPS OUT
DIRT AND MOISTURE. IT ALSO LOADS EACH DOSE FOR USE. TO USE THE TWISTHALER, TWIST THE CAP TO THE LEFT
UNTIL YOU HEAR A CLICK. THE CLICK TELLS YOU THAT A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT
THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. FIRST, IT MEANS
A DOSE OF MEDICINE IS LOADED AND READY TO USE. SECOND, IT MEANS
THE DOSE COUNTER ON THE SIDE OF THE TWISTHALER HAS GONE DOWN BY ONE. WHEN THE COUNTER REACHES
DOUBLE-ZERO, THERE ARE NO DOSES LEFT, AND THE CAP WILL
AUTOMATICALLY LOCK. MAKE SURE YOU GET A REFILL WHEN THE DOSE COUNTER GETS BELOW 20. AFTER LOADING THE MEDICINE, BREATHE OUT FULLY,
AWAY FROM THE INHALER, PUT THE MOUTHPIECE
IN YOUR MOUTH, AND CLOSE YOUR LIPS AROUND IT. DON’T COVER THE AIR HOLES
WITH YOUR LIPS. BREATHE IN QUICKLY AND DEEPLY, AND TRY TO HOLD YOUR BREATH
FOR 10 SECONDS. THEN RELAX AND BREATHE OUT
NORMALLY. THE MEDICINE IS
A VERY FINE POWDER, YOU WON’T FEEL, TASTE
OR SMELL IT. IF YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE
TWO DOSES, REPEAT THESE STEPS AGAIN. AFTER TAKING THE MEDICINE,
RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WATER. THIS REDUCES THE CHANCE
OF SIDE EFFECTS, SUCH AS INFECTIONS
IN THE MOUTH AND THROAT. KEEP YOUR TWISTHALER
CLEAN AND DRY AT ALL TIMES. IF YOU NEED TO WIPE OFF
THE MOUTHPIECE, YOU SHOULD DO IT
BEFORE YOU PUT THE CAP BACK ON. THAT’S BECAUSE
TAKING THE CAP OFF LOADS ANOTHER DOSE OF MEDICINE, AND YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. GENTLY WIPE THE MOUTHPIECE
USING A DRY CLOTH OR A TISSUE. WATER, OR EVEN A DAMP CLOTH,
COULD RUIN THE MEDICINE. NOW YOU CAN REPLACE THE CAP. HOLD THE TWISTHALER UPRIGHT,
AND TWIST THE CAP TO THE RIGHT IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION UNTIL YOU HEAR A CLICK. STORE YOUR TWISTHALER
IN A PLACE THAT’S DRY AND THAT STAYS
AT A COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE. A KITCHEN CABINET
MIGHT BE A GOOD SPOT. IT WON’T GET TOO HOT
OR TOO COLD, AND IT STAYS DRY, AND IT’S UP AND AWAY
FROM CHILDREN AND PETS. WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE STEPS
WE’VE SHOWN YOU TODAY, THE TWISTHALER WILL DO EXACTLY
WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO DO, DELIVER THE RIGHT AMOUNT
OF MEDICINE EVERY TIME AND HELP YOU BREATHE EASIER.


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