What Are Dry Powder Inhalers?

Your asthma treatment plan might include the use of a dry powder inhaler. The other type of inhaler, a metered dose inhaler, works by propelling medication into the lungs. Dry powder inhalers are different. They rely on the patient taking a deep, fast breath in order to inhale the medication into the lungs. Your asthma specialist will help you learn how to use the device.

The specific instructions vary between brands. In general, however, you’ll need to adjust the device to load a dose of the medication. Then, turn your head to the side and exhale as much air out of your lungs as you can. Insert the mouthpiece into your mouth and take a very deep, strong, and steady breath to completely fill your lungs. Hold your breath for no longer than 10 seconds. Then, remove the mouthpiece and exhale steadily and slowly. If the delivered medication is a corticosteroid, your asthma doctor may instruct you to gargle with water after taking a dose. Spit out the water—do not swallow it.

If you have any questions about your asthma treatment, you can call 1(800)86-COUGH to reach your doctor at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM. Our asthma doctors are available in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.