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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:

  1. Exhale away from device
  2. Put mouthpiece in your mouth
  3. 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: