How do I use a dry powder inhaler?

What is the right way to use a dry powder inhaler?

Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) are one of the devices used to administer preventive medicines for asthma. They require a little more coordination on the part of the child, but children as young as 5 years old have been able to use them correctly.

How do I use a dry powder inhaler?

  1. Open the device and load the powder. (This will vary from product to product.)
  2. "Empty your lungs" by blowing out slowly, away from the device.
  3. Place the device in your mouth and hold it level.
  4. Inhale in, as deeply and quickly as possible.
  5. Hold your breath for at least 5 seconds.
  6. Close the device.
  7. Rinse your mouth out with water. This helps prevent side effects like thrush if some of the powder stays in the mouth.
  8. Don't forget to take your other asthma preventive medications (if any) and do your peak flows today!