The Diskus is a breath-activated device which means that the medication is released when you inhale.

To use the Diskus, hold it level with one hand. Place the thumb of the other hand on the thumb grip. Push your thumb away from you until the discus clicks. You can see the mouthpiece.

Hold the diskus level and slide the lever away from you until you hear the diskus clicks. This will load the medication.

Next, hold the diskus level and away from your mouth and gently breathe out. Never exhale into the diskus.

Seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and breathe in rapidly and deeply.

Remove the Diskus from your mouth and hold your breath for as long as you can up to 10 seconds.

When done, close the diskus by placing your thumb on the thumb grip. Pull your thumb toward you until the diskus clicks.

Always rinse mouth with water and spit it out after using the Diskus.

The Diskus has a dose counter on the top of the device. It will let you know how many doses are left. As you use the Diskus, you will notice that the numbers will decrease by one. The last five numbers will be in red. The Diskus will count down to 0 when the Diskus is empty.

To clean the Diskus, do not put it in water. Simply wipe the mouthpiece with a clean cloth when it appears dirty or at least every week. And then, be sure to close the Diskus after each use to help it stay clean.

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