Metered-dose Inhaler

How to Use the Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI)

Follow these steps to ensure you properly use the MDI:

  1. Remove the cap from the metered-dose inhaler.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Breathe normally and slowly through the mouth.
  4. Exhale.
  5. OPEN MOUTH: Hold the inhaler 2 – 5 cm (1 – 2″) from your mouth. Keep mouth wide open. Tilt head slightly backwards.
    OR:
    CLOSED MOUTH: Place the mouthpiece of MDI in mouth.
  6. Begin to inhale and push down on the cartridge once. Continue to inhale slowly and deeply through the mouth until finished taking in that breath.
  7. Hold your breath for 5 – 10 seconds.
  8. Exhale slowly.
  9. Replace the cap.
  10. If an additional inhalation is prescribed, wait 30 seconds before taking it.
  11. Repeat steps 2 to 8 for the prescribed number of inhalations.


Caring for your MDI

  • Once a week, remove the medication canister from the plastic casing and wash casing in warm, soapy water. When the casing is dry, replace the medication canister in the casing and put the cap on the mouthpiece.
  • Ensure the hole is clear.


Cue Words

  1. REMOVE CAP.
  2. SHAKE WELL.
  3. BREATHE NORMALLY & SLOWLY.
  4. EXHALE.
  5. OPEN MOUTH: TILT CHIN UP slightly  or
    CLOSED MOUTH: SEAL LIPS around the mouthpiece and tilt head slightly back.
  6. INHALE and PUSH puffer down once.
  7. INHALE A SLOW DEEP BREATH.
  8. HOLD BREATH for 10 seconds.
  9. For a second puff, wait 30 seconds and repeat steps 2 to 8.