This information was reviewed and approved by
Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE, TTS (11/1/2016).
Several medicines for chronic lung diseases like asthma or COPD are now delivered in a dry powder inhaler. Since the medicines are dry powder, they must be delivered in a special inhaler. When you inhale fast enough the medicine is released.
The basic technique for using a dry powdered medication is:
Exhale away from device
Put mouthpiece in your mouth
Breathe in quickly
Dry powder inhalers include:
You can read more about how to use some of the more common dry powder inhalers by clicking on each one below: