Inhalers are an integral part of COPD treatment. Unfortunately, there is increasing evidence to support that many people with COPD misuse their inhalers, making COPD treatment ineffective. Whether you use a metered-dose inhaler (MDI,) a nebulizer, a Diskus or the Spiriva Handihaler, learning how to use your inhaler properly will make a big difference in how you feel and how well you are able to function in your daily life.
To follow are some handy tips for using some of the most common COPD inhalers:
A metered-dose inhaler (MDI) is used to treat asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions. It is important to use an MDI correctly to get the full dose and benefit of the medicine, enabling it to travel deep within your lungs to open up your airways more effectively. An MDI should be used with a spacer for maximum benefit.
A nebulizer is a device that produces a fine spray or mist and is often used for breathing treatments in people with COPD. While many people believe that a nebulizer works better than an MDI to deliver COPD medication, studies have shown that they are equally effective.