Nurse Deb gives instructions on how to use an Aerolizer®.
The Aerolizer is a breath-activated device, which means that the medication is released when you inhale.
To use the Aerolizer, pull off the mouthpiece cover, push the mouthpiece open in the direction of the arrow. Remove the medication capsule from the foil packet by peeling the paper backing and then pushing the capsule through the remaining foil. Do not remove the capsule from the foil packet until you’re ready to take the medication. Place the capsule in the base of the Aerolizer. Close the mouthpiece. You will hear a click when the mouthpiece is closed. Hold the Aerolizer straight up, squeeze the 2 side buttons, and let go. This will puncture the capsule. Once the capsule is punctured, you will need to keep the Aerolizer steady. Do not shake it, cough, or breathe into it, or you will lose some of the medication.
To take your medication, turn away from the mouthpiece and breathe out. Tilting your head back slightly, carefully bring the Aerolizer to your mouth. Be sure the buttons are on the sides, not at the top and bottom. Seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and breathe in rapidly and deeply. You will hear the capsule whirl inside the Aerolizer as you inhale. Remove the Aerolizer from your mouth and hold your breath for as long as you can – up to 10 seconds. Let’s see what that should look like. It’s all ready to go – we punctured the capsule.
If you don’t hear a whirling sound as you inhale, the capsule may be stuck. Simply tap the side of the Aerolizer to loosen the capsule. To be sure you inhaled all of the medication, open the mouthpiece and look at the capsule. If you see powder in the capsule, inhale the medication again. When you’re done, open the mouthpiece and drop the capsule into the trash. Clean the mouthpiece with a clean cloth when it appears dirty or at least once a week. Always put the mouthpiece cover back on to help keep the Aerolizer clean.
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