Asthma how-to: How to use a Dry Powder Inhaler

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There are many asthma treatment options for your child depending on age and preference. One option for older kids and teens is a dry powdered inhaler (DPI).

These inhalers hold the medicine as a dry powder which is then breathed in fast and deep.

To use this inhaler, place your thumb on the lever and push your thumb away from you as far as it will go until you hear a click. Turn your head to the side and breathe out. Do not breathe into the inhaler.

Close your mouth tightly around the mouthpiece while holding the device flat. Breathe in fast and deep through the mouthpiece.

After you breathe the medicine in, hold your breath for a count of ten, then slowly breathe out. Close the device when you’re finished so it will be ready for your next dose.

Always keep the dry powdered inhaler dry and never take it apart.

Remember, if you have questions, call your doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

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16 Replies to “Asthma how-to: How to use a Dry Powder Inhaler”

  1. How come the powder go to lungs, can't it go to food pipe and eventually to stomach, how does it work??the food pipe is blocked when you inhale or what ?? oh god ??

  2. I hate these powdered medications… I have no idea if its helping. I feel like the powder just gets mostly in my mouth and can't tell if it gets to my lungs. Then I just end up rinsing my mouth with water and feeling like I just spit the medicine down the drain.. so stupid

  3. Rinse your mouth to prevent oral side effects, xerostomia, and oral candidiasis.

  4. With this COVID-19 going around, my GP did a phone consult for an Rx and the pharmacy delivers. It just so happens I got changed to this type of inhaler now and my doctor was vague on it's use. The pharmacist was trying to explain it over the phone, so I came here for a better understanding. Thank you for the video.

  5. i accidentally drank the capsule of my dry powder inhaler with water. am i going to be fine?

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