Chronic Bronchitis Inhaler Use
Proper inhaler use is an important part of the successful treatment of chronic bronchitis.
The correct way to use an inhaler:
- Remove the cap from the inhaler.
- Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece at the bottom.
- Shake the inhaler. This mixes the medication properly.
- Hold the mouthpiece 1-1/2 - 2 inches (2 - 3 finger widths) in front of your mouth. This improves medication delivery by slowing mist delivery and only allowing small particles to be inhaled. Note that your mouth should not be actually touching the mouthpiece.
- Tilt your head back slightly and open your mouth wide.
- Gently exhale.
- Press the inhaler and at the same time begin a slow, deep breath.
- Continue to breathe in slowly and deeply over 3 - 5 seconds. Breathing slowly delivers the medication deeply into the airways.
- Hold your breath for up to ten seconds. This allows the medication time to deposit in the airways.
- Resume normal breathing.
- Repeat steps 3 - 10 when more than one puff is prescribed.
- Keep your inhaler with you at all times, and use it at the first sign of coughing, chest tightness or wheezing.
- Use your inhaler and spacer as directed.
- Use your inhaler every 20 minutes for 1 hour during an attack. Continue the medication every 4 hours for 24 to 48 hours.
- You may need a long-acting inhaler medicine (Serevent) if frequent attacks occur.
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