Hello! Welcome to Walgreen’s! My name is Victoria, your local pharmacist today. How can I help you today? Hello Victoria. I am here to pick up my medication. What is your name mam? My name is Sam Chhan. One minute. Here you are Ms. Chhan, it looks like you have two prescriptions ready. Advair and Qvar they are oral inhalers. Will you verify your address for me please? Yes, it’s 5000 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. I thought I only had one prescription? Yes, you did. I called your doctor to talk about adding another inhaler to your therapy to help with the asthma Thank you so much! You are welcome Ms. Chhan, with your insurance it is no charge today. Do you have any questions on your medication today? Yes, I do. Are both medications for exercise-induced asthma? Yes, both should be used for to help with asthma when exercising and maintenance. Do you have trouble breathing when exercising? Yes! Half way through my run I can’t catch my breath and I start wheezing and coughing so I have to stop and sit down. It got so bad one day I thought I was going to pass out and that’s why I went to the doctor. I really hope this helps because I love running. It will help Ms. Chhan do not be worried! Okay, great! Also, I have never used an inhaler before and was wondering if you could show me how? Of course, I can. So, what you’re going to do is first take off the cap here and remove any objects form the opening of the inhaler like dirt or dust. Then you want to shake it for 2 to 5 seconds. The next thing you’re going to want to do is prime your inhaler. You’re going to want to do this whenever you don’t use your inhaler for more than 48 hours To prime your inhaler, depress the canister once. This ensures you will receive the proper amount of medication. You want to sit or stand up and breathe all the way out. Tilt your inhaler slightly, insert it into your mouth seal lips around the mouthpiece. Breathe in slowly and depress the canister. Make sure you start breathing in before depressing the canister to ensure the medication reaches your lungs. You’re then going to continue to breath for 3 to 5 seconds, until your lungs are full. Then hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as you can. If you need to take a second puff of your inhaler, wait 1 full minute between puffs. You should rinse your mouth with water after using the inhaler then spit it out. Then just put the cap back on it and you’re good to go! Now I know that is a lot of information, but it is all in the package insert in your prescription with diagrams if you forget or want to follow along. That makes so much more sense now. Thank you so much for showing me! And how often do I use my inhaler each day? You’re going to take 2 oral inhalations 15 to 30 minutes prior to exercise. Okay, great! Are there any side effects I should be aware about with this medication? So, it can increase your heart rate and cause some nervousness, tremors, headache, dizziness, sore throat, nausea or vomiting. But these aren’t very common, so you don’t have anything to worry about. Any other questions Ms. Chhan? No, I think you’ve answered all of them. Well if you do have any please do not hesitate to call me here or just stop by to ask me! Also, let me give you a brochure on oral inhalers just to give you some more information. Oh, okay awesome! Thank you so much for all your help Victoria. I really appreciate it! You’re welcome Ms. Chhan! I hope you have a great day! Thank you Victoria, you too! Bye!