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Shake the inhaler and remove the inhaler 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 do it.
Place the mouthpiece of the inhaler into the end of spacer.
Remove the cap from the end of the spacer.
Hold the inhaler upright with the mouthpiece at the bottom.
Stand or sit up straight. Tilt your head back slightly and breathe out slowly and completely.
Place the spacer's mouthpiece in your mouth.
Press down on the inhaler to spray one puff of medicine into the spacer and then start breathing in slowly and deeply. (Press first, then breathe in.)
Hold your breath for 10 seconds, to give the medicine time to settle in your lungs. Then breathe out slowly.
If you need to take a second dose, wait 30 to 60 seconds to allow the inhaler valve to refill.
Current as of:
July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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