If You Use a Dry Powder Inhaler

November 1, 2005
Timothy H. Self, PharmD

,
Joseph Swanson, PharmD

,
Heather Swanson, MD

Millions of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) use dry powder inhalers (DPIs). These devices are generally easier to use than metered-dose inhalers; however, errors still occur that may reduce the effectiveness of the drug.

Millions of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) use dry powder inhalers (DPIs). These devices are generally easier to use than metered-dose inhalers; however, errors still occur that may reduce the effectiveness of the drug.

Boxes I through V provide abbreviated summaries for correct use of the most commonly prescribed DPIs. The product literature that accompanies the device will give you complete information. Be sure that you receive detailed instructions on how to use your DPI from your health practitioner and that you bring up any questions you may have. Ask your practitioner to observe you use the DPI and any other inhalation device. This will ensure that you obtain the maximum benefit from your medication.

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