This device is called an AeroChamber. The AeroChamber is a type of holding chamber. A holding chamber is often used with a metered-dose-inhaler. It can be difficult to use a metered dose inhaler correctly. The holding chamber is helpful for people who have a hard time coordinating actuating the inhaler and inhaling the medication.
The metered dose inhaler often needs to be primed before using the first dose. Priming is spraying a number of doses into the air. Check the package insert that comes with the inhaler to see how to prime the inhaler.
When you are ready to take a dose of the medication, remove the caps from both the inhaler and AeroChamber. Look for foreign objects in the inhaler and the AeroChamber.
Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the wider rubber-sealed end of the AeroChamber.
Shake the inhaler and AeroChamber well.
Gently breathe out and seal your lips tightly around the AeroChamber mouthpiece.
(Press the inhaler once. Inhale slowly and deeply. Hold you breath for as long as you can or up to ten seconds. Repeat for each dose you have been told to take.)
Clean the AeroChamber weekly. To clean the AeroCahmber take of the rubber-sealed end off the AeroChamber. Soak the AeroChamber and the rubber end in warm water with liquid detergent. Move both pieces gently in the water. Do not put the AeroChamber in the dishwasher.
Rinse the AeroChamber in clean water and shake off the excess water.
Air-dry both pieces standing up until they are completely dry. Do not rub the inside of the AeroChamber.
Replace the back rubber piece and then check the package insert to find out how to clean the metered dose inhaler. This varies depending on the medication in the metered dose inhaler.
Keep the cap on the AeroChamber and on the inhaler after each use to help it stay clean.
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