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INHALED MEDICATION - General Information

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How does inhaled medication work? How to take it properly?

Inhaled medications only work if they reach your airways. The proper use of your inhalation devices is essential to prevent and manage your symptoms (shortness of breath, wheezing, etc.). If you use any of your inhalers incorrectly, the medicine may not get into your airways as it is supposed to, and the therapy could be less effective.

The most common mistakes are forgetting to empty the lungs before inhaling the dose and forgetting to hold your breath in for at least 5-10 seconds after taking the inhalation.

Ask your healthcare professional to show you how to use your inhaler. Your healthcare professional will check how you use your inhalers at every visit to be sure you are getting the most out of your medications.

Some people have difficulties using some of the inhaler devices. Discuss with your healthcare professional if a different type of inhaler may be better for you.

Why is it important to take your medication as prescribed?

A very important part of managing your chronic lung condition is to take your medication as prescribed and using the proper technique. Medications can help relieve your respiratory symptoms and improve your quality of life.

You should know the following about your medication:

It is very important to take your medications regularly and exactly as prescribed. Your health professional can help you to acquire a better routine to make sure to take your medications on a regular basis. If you have any concerns about your medications, ask your doctor and/or your pharmacist. Write your questions in advance to not to forget them.

Adherence is a term used to describe how much a person follows the treatment plan given by their healthcare professional, for example, taking their medications as prescribed. However, it is very common that people living with chronic diseases do not take their medications on a regular basis. Failing to follow a routine has consequences. Not taking your medication as prescribed contributes to poor symptom control, poor quality of life and puts you at risk for sudden aggravations (flare-ups) and disease complications.