Video: How to use a NEXThaler inhalerAre you using your NEXThaler correctly? Get the technique right and manage your symptoms better. Find out how in this short video.
0:00 Hi, I’m Caroline. I’m a Respiratory Nurse. I’m going to show you how to use a NEXThaler. This is a dry powder device, or DPI. Getting your inhaler technique right is very important because it helps you manage symptoms better. It may take a few tries to feel comfortable using your inhaler, but it does get easier with practice. To use your inhaler: First, hold the inhaler upright with the flat base at the bottom and open the cover until you hear a click. Check the dose counter to make sure the inhaler isn’t empty. Check there’s nothing inside the mouthpiece. Hold the inhaler horizontally, but don’t tip it upside down as the powder may fall out. Make sure you don’t block the air vent to the side of the mouthpiece. Sit or stand up straight and slightly tilt your chin up as it helps the medicine reach your lungs. The next steps all happen smoothly in one action: Breathe out gently and slowly away from the inhaler until your lungs feel empty and you feel ready to breathe in. Put your lips around the mouthpiece to make a tight seal. Then breathe in quickly and deeply. You should hear a click. Keep breathing in so you get the all the medicine. Take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds, or for as long as you comfortably can. Then breathe out slowly, away from your inhaler. If you’ve been prescribed a second puff, close the cover to reset the device and repeat the steps. When you’ve finished, close the cover. If you’ve used an inhaler that contains steroids, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out to reduce the chance of side effects. For more tips on using your inhaler, why not watch our other videos.
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