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To take your inhaler, open the dust cap and then your mouthpiece. Now, remove a capsule. Taking care not to expose any more than one. If any more’s exposed, throw it in the bin and don’t use it. Place your capsule in your inhaler, and close it over again. Now, push in the green button. You should hear a click when the capsule is pierced. Now you need to breathe out, but not into the inhaler because then you might scatter the drugs (EXHALES). Then place your mouth round the mouthpiece. Forming a seal. Then breathe in as long and as hard as you can and hold that breath for a count of 10. No more than 10. Then breathe out. Now repeat this again, just to ensure that all of the drug have been inhaled. Once you’ve completed that and you’re breathing normally again. Open up. Remove the capsule and check that it has been pierced. You can see the holes. And check there’s no drugs left inside. This is then thrown out. I’ll now demonstrate how to use your inhaler (CLICK, CLICK, EXHALES, SUCKS, EXHALES, EXHALES, SUCKS, EXHALES) Once you’ve taken your inhaler, always remember to brush your teeth or use a mouthwash. This helps prevent any side effects. Such as voice hoarseness and mild infection.
Your inhaler should be cleaned once a month, immediately after you’ve used it. Because it takes 24 hours to dry. rinse the inhaler in warm water. Tip the excess water onto a kitchen towel. And let it air-dry for 24 hours. You should keep your inhaler somewhere it’s not going to get moist or wet and it’s handy to keep it somewhere, that’s going to remind you to take it. I keep it in my handbag, so I know where it is. If you forget to take your inhaler, take it if you remember within an hour or 2. If more than this, miss the dose. And get back on track with the next dose. Do not take the missed dose. If you’ve taken more doses than you should then call a healthcare professional and ask for advice. Remember to order more capsules when you have 5 left. Don’t order before this, because you’ll end up with too many
and the drugs can go out of date. Also remember, if you’re going on holiday to order them in time.
If you’re going to a clinic or hospital, remember to take your inhaler with you. As the healthcare professional will need to know what you’re taking. They also might not have what you’re taking in stock.