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Diseases affecting the lungs—such as
chronic bronchitis, and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—share
many of the same medicines. These medicines are often delivered through a
Using an MDI:
Using a spacer with an MDI is the most efficient way to get
the most medicine to your lungs. Make sure you understand the proper use of an:
Although using an MDI with a spacer is usually recommended,
you can also use an MDI without a spacer. Learn the proper use of an:
If you are inhaling steroid medicine,
rinse your mouth out with water after use. Don't swallow the water. Swallowing
the water will increase the chance that the medicine will get into your
bloodstream. This may increase the side effects of the medicine.
Some liquid may build up on the inhaler, but you may not need to clean
the inhaler every day. Follow the directions for how and how often to clean the type of MDI you have.
November 14, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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