A metered-dose inhaler is utilized in delivering medications for various respiratory ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When a metered-dose inhaler is used, it ensures the following:
- Administers most of the measured dosage of a drug directly into the lungs
- Controls the symptoms and lessens long-term impairment to the lungs
- Prevention or reduction of the side effects
- Allows using less medication that is present in oral form but achieving the same effect
- Medication given works faster than the oral form
Using a metered-dose inhaler
A doctor should be consulted first to ensure that the metered-dose inhaler is properly used. The individual should practice using the device in front of a mirror. Make sure that the inhaler is used as instructed by the doctor.
- Always check that the right medication is used. In case the individual has several inhalers, place a label on each to know which one to use at the correct time.
- Check the amount of medication is available in the metered-dose inhaler. Inspect the marker of the inhaler to determine the number of inhalations present. If the individual is aware of the number of breaths to take, the inhaler can be swapped before it empties.
- A space can be used if the individual has issues in getting the right timing when utilizing the inhaler or if he/she is using corticosteroid drugs.