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Presentation: How to use a metered dose inhaler

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Remove the cap from the end of the inhaler. Check for any dust, lint, or other objects. Shake the inhaler well.

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Sit up or stand up straight.

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Breathe out all the way.

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Tilt the inhaler up slightly. Put the inhaler in your mouth, between your teeth, with your tongue flat under the mouthpiece and your lips sealed. As you begin to breathe in slowly, press down on the inhaler. Keep breathing in until your lungs are completely full.

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Hold your breath for 10 seconds. If you cannot hold your breath for 10 seconds, hold it as long as you can. If you need another puff of medicine, wait 1 minute, thenrepeat steps 2 through 5.

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Rinse out your mouth after you take your last puff of medicine.(Note: rinsing is needed only if the medicine you just took was a corticosteroid. Ask your healthcare provider about your inhaler.)

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Make sure you spit the water out. Do NOT swallow it.


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