Meter Inhalers (How to Use) this correctly
At HoneyBee Pharmacy our team is aware that using an asthma inhaler can be a little complicated if you’re new at using it. Did you just know that millions of people actually use their inhalers incorrectly?
Did you know that MDI inhalers are canisters that contain prescription meds that are pressurized? That means these medications are inhalation medications used for conditions such as asthma and COPD. What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This inhaler is to give a steady and frequent dose of medication for each spray used.
HoneyBee Pharmacy provides the following medications based on what we know – Any further instructions please do not hesitate to contact our contracted Pharmacy department and ask to speak to a licensed Pharmacist.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 1 – Shake, Shake, Shake
Prior to use please shake approx 9-14 times. This is important if your inhaler has not been used before or if you haven’t been using your meds.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 2
Spray your inhaler at least 1-2 times prior to using your actual inhaler. This ensures that there is no clog.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 3
Use a spacer. That’s a clear tube plastic in which attaches to your inhaler – this function is at the mouthpiece to ensure your meds are going directly into the appropriate area aka your lungs rather then just on your lips or in your mouth. This piece helps ensure that people are getting their full dose.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 4
Take a deep breathe and exhale prior to using your meds. When you’re ready to use your inhaler, take a deep exhale prior to your dose. Once you’re ready to exhale you can take a slower and deeper inhalation.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 5
Try to hold your breath for approx 10-15 seconds. This helps your lungs absorb the medication that has been inhaled.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP # 6
Standing up allows the medication to circulate freely in your body and allows you to both inhaler/exhale more thoroughly.
HONEYBEE PHARMACY STEP #7
When inhaling your medication be sure to seal both your top and bottom lips around the mouthpiece. Avoid letting your teeth or tongue block the medications. You want it to go directly into your lungs. It might feel strange at first but you will get the hang of it! Ask your doctor for advice if you’re not sure.
For more information please do not hesitate to ask your local m.d for medical advice or simply contact us at our toll free number 1-888-557-0340 and request to speak to a licensed Pharmacist from our contracted Pharmacy department. Be sure to check out www.honeybeepharmacy.com we are open 365 days a year.