Delivered through an inhaler device, a bronchodilator provides prompt, symptomatic relief for shortness of breath. Proper use of a bronchodilator inhaler includes the following steps:
- Shake the inhaler thoroughly before using it.
- Remove the cap from the inhaler's mouthpiece.
- Take in a breath and exhale completely.
- With the canister up and the mouthpiece down, put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips around it.
- Take a fast, deep breath through your mouth, while simultaneously pressing firmly on the bottom of the canister.
- Hold your breath for five to 10 seconds, allowing the medication to be disbursed into your lungs. Remove the mouthpiece from your mouth and breathe normally.
- If your doctor has recommended a second dose of medication, wait one to two minutes, shake the inhaler again and repeat steps 3 through 6.
- Replace the cap of the mouthpiece after each use to keep dust and other particles from getting into it.
- Rinse your mouth with water after use of the inhaler.
- Do not exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not use your inhaler after the expiration date listed on the canister.
- Do not store or use your inhaler near heat or an open flame.
- Do not use other people's inhalers.
- Keep this and all medications away from the reach of children.