Diseases affecting the lungs-such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-share many of the same medicines. These medicines are often delivered through a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).
Using an MDI:
Using a spacer with an MDI is the most efficient way to get the most medicine to your lungs. Make sure you understand the proper use of an:
Although using an MDI with a spacer is usually recommended, you can also use an MDI without a spacer. Learn the proper use of an:
If you are inhaling steroid medicine, rinse your mouth out with water after use. Don't swallow the water. Swallowing the water will increase the chance that the medicine will get into your bloodstream. This may increase the side effects of the medicine.
Some liquid may build up on the inhaler, but you may not need to clean the inhaler every day. Follow the directions for how and how often to clean the type of MDI you have.
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