inhaler (MDI) is a handheld device that delivers a measured dose of medicine
directly to your lungs. The medicine is usually in an aerosol form.
spacer with an MDI is the most efficient way to get
the most medicine to your lungs. A spacer functions as a "holding" area for the
medicine before you inhale. Using a spacer with your MDI can improve the
delivery of the medicine and help you if you have problems with releasing the
medicine as you inhale. It might help to practice using the MDI and spacer in
front of the mirror. A spacer should always be used with inhaled
corticosteroids to avoid side effects.
MDI can be used to give different types of medicine. The type of medicine in
your inhaler will depend on what type of medicine you need to treat your
specific condition. For example, the inhaler may contain a medicine to prevent
an asthma attack or medicine to help relieve the symptoms of COPD.
For some medicines, you may need a certain type of MDI. Always check with
your doctor and pharmacist when getting a new MDI.
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