Proper Use of a Dry Powder Inhaler
Advair and Serevent are medications commonly prescribe at CARD and that are considered to be a dry-powdered inhaler (DPI).
Proper Use of a DPI
- Hold the diskus in one hand and place the thumb of your other hand in the thumb grip.
- Push your thumb away from you as far as it will go until it snaps into position and you can see the mouthpiece.
- Hold the diskus in a level, horizontal position to prevent the medicine from falling out. Like in the picture above.
- Slide the lever away from you until it clicks. This action loads the medicine.
- Turn your head away from the diskus and breathe out as much air as you comfortably can.
- Place the diskus mouthpiece in your mouth and take a deep, fast breath in through your mouth. Remember: Never breathe INTO diskus.
- Remove the diskus from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds and breathe out slowly.
- Close the diskus by placing your thumb in the thumb grip and slide the grip back toward you, over the mouthpiece. This will reset the inhaler so it is ready to use for the next treatment.
- Keep your inhaler in a dry place at room temperature.
- Never place the DPI in water.
- Never shake or breathe into DPI.
- Never use a spacer with a DPI.
- Just because you can’t taste or feel the medication doesn’t mean you haven’t gotten a full dose.
- When using a DPI for a steroid (i.e. Advair), BE SURE to rinse your mouth after using so you don’t get thrush. Thrush is a form of yeast infection that occurs in the mouth and is evident by having a white tongue.
Correct Order of Inhaled Medications
- Always use your fast acting bronchodilator first, either as an inhaler or as a nebulizer treatment. These include medicines such as Albuterol, Proventil, Ventolin, and Combivent.
- Use your steroid last and rinse your mouth. This can include medicines such as Advair, Pulmicort, and Symbicort.