Important notice – 13th March 2018
Please note there are revised instructions for preparing a capsule that differ from what is shown in the video (2 minutes and 46 seconds). The recommended procedure is now the following:
- Separate one of the blisters from the blister card by tearing along the perforation.
- Take one blister and peel away the protective backing to expose the capsule.
- Do not push capsule through foil.
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Hold the inhaler away from you, and breathe out as much as you can. This will allow you to take a better breath when ready. Don’t breathe out into the inhaler, as this may scatter the drug. Put the mouthpiece to your mouth, and seal with your lips. Inhale quickly and deeply. You will hear the capsule vibrate inside the chamber. Once you have done that, release from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds. Once you have done that, breathe out slowly. Once you have done this, open the mouthpiece to check that the powder has all gone. If it hasn’t. Close the mouthpiece, (CLICK) press the 2 colour buttons, and repeat. When finished, open the mouthpiece, tip the empty capsule onto your hand, and place in the bin. Replace the cap, onto your inhaler. I’ll now show you how to use your inhaler from start to finish (CLICK, CLICK, EXHALES SLOWLY, INHALES QUICKLY, EXHALES SLOWLY, CLICK). Once you’ve taken your inhaler, it’s always recommended that you brush your teeth, or use a mouthwash. Some inhalers can give side effects, such as voice hoarseness, or a mild infection. Clean your inhaler at least once a week. You can do this by using a dry cloth or tissue. Give the mouthpiece a good wipe and put it back. Always store your inhaler in a dry, cool place. Somewhere it’s not going to get moist or damp. Put it somewhere that’s going to remember you to use it, such as your bedside table, or on the table before leaving for your work If you forget to take your inhaler and only an hour or 2 has past. Then fine, just take it. If it’s longer than that, then just forget it, skip it. Get back on track the next day.
If you take too much, then it’s always advisable to call a health care professional. When you get down to the last 5 capsules that’s when you should order some more. Only order these when you need them, because remember these do expire. Finally, when popping along to the hospital or clinic it’s always best to take your inhaler and any other prescribed drugs along with you. There are always very helpful and useful to the doctor or the practice nurse.