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Two types of inhalers, long acting and rescue, can help relieve symptoms of COPD and asthma. Watch this video for help when understanding inhalers.
Transcript: Asthma and COPD are commonly treated with two types of INHALED medications. Long-acting inhalers ease...
Asthma and COPD are commonly treated with two types of INHALED medications. Long-acting inhalers ease chronic symptoms and prevent attacks. Short-acting RESCUE inhalers stop an asthma attack or COPD exacerbation at the moment they hit. RESCUE and long-acting medicines are administered through 2 different types of inhalers. Both require a prescription.The METERED DOSE INHALER, or MDI, is the MOST common medication-delivery method. This type of inhaler has a PRESSURIZED canister that contains the medicine. A mouthpiece is attached to the canister. A specific dose of medicine is released as a mist or a spray when you push the canister into the mouthpiece. You have to time your breath as you push, so using an MDI can be a little tricky at first. Some people, especially CHILDREN and the elderly, attach a SPACER to their MDI. This makes it easier to breathe in so the dose goes into your lungs, instead of accidentally settling on the tongue and throat. DRY POWDER INHALERS contain LONG-ACTING medication. These are sometimes difficult to use because you have to inhale the dry powder FAST and HARD to breathe in the full dose. If you are inhaling steroids from either type of delivery system it is a good idea to rinse your mouth out afterwards to remove any medication from your tongue or gums.Young children, the elderly and other people who can't use inhalers use NEBULIZERS to receive their asthma or COPD medication. These devices deliver misted medication through a tube or face mask. To learn more about asthma and COPD treatment, take a look at more videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-07 | Tags »
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