Using Your Inhaler

  1. Take the cap off the mouthpiece.

  2. Shake the inhaler for 5 seconds.

  3. Turn the inhaler so the bottle is above the mouthpiece. Hold it away from your mouth, at a distance of the width of 2 fingers.

  4. Open your mouth widely, and tilt your head back slightly. Let your breath out.

  5. Take a deep breath in slowly through your mouth. At the same time, push down on the bottle 1 time. You will feel the medicine enter your mouth and throat as you breathe.

  6. Continue to take a deep breath in very slowly.

  7. After you have breathed in completely, hold your breath for 10 seconds. This will help the medicine to settle in your lungs. If you cannot hold your breath for 10 seconds, hold it for as long as you can before you breathe out.

  8. If your doctor has told you to take more than 1 puff, wait at least 1 minute between puffs. This will help you get the best results from your medicine.

  9. If you use a steroid inhaler, rinse out your mouth after each dose.

  10. Wash your inhaler once a day. Remove the bottle from the mouthpiece. Rinse the mouthpiece and cap with warm water. Dry everything well before you put the inhaler back together.