Some asthma medicines are taken with a metered-dose inhaler. Your doctor will show you how to use an inhaler. Here are the basic steps:
- Remove the cap and hold the inhaler upright.
- Shake the canister.
- Tilt your head back and breathe out.
- Put the inhaler 1 to 2 inches away from your mouth. Or, if you’re using a spacer, put the end of it in your mouth and seal your lips around it. (A spacer is a tube that you attach to your inhaler. It makes using an inhaler easier.)
- Press down on the inhaler to release the medicine as you slowly breathe in for 3 to 5 seconds. (If you use inhaled dry powder capsules, close your mouth tightly around the mouthpiece of the inhaler and inhale rapidly.)
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds so the medicine can get into your lungs.
- Repeat as many times as your doctor suggests. Wait 1 minute between puffs.