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Shake the inhaler as directed, and remove the cap.
Check the inhaler instructions to see if you need to prime your inhaler before
you use it. If it needs priming, follow the instructions on how to prime your
Hold the inhaler upright with the mouthpiece at the
Tilt your head back slightly, and breathe out slowly and
There are two ways to position the inhaler when using
it without a spacer. You can place the inhaler in your mouth. Or you can hold the inhaler 1 in. (2.5 cm) to 2 in. (5.0 cm) in front of your open mouth, without closing your lips over it. This
be better for getting the medicine into your lungs. But some people may find this too
hard to do.
Start to breathe in slowly, evenly, and deeply; press
down on the inhaler one time (start to breathe in, then press); and continue to
breathe in slowly.
Hold your breath for 10 seconds. This will let the
medicine settle in your lungs.
If you need to take a second dose,
wait 30 to 60 seconds to allow the inhaler valve to
Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
September 5, 2018
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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