A dry powder inhaler (DPI) is a handheld device that lets you breathe medicine into your lungs (inhale). The medicine used in a DPI is a very fine powder. It is important to take fast, deep breaths through the mouthpiece of a DPI to get the full amount of medicine.
You may need a DPI as part of your long-term treatment to prevent or control breathing problems. Dry powder inhalers usually do not have medicine that takes away sudden symptoms.
Follow the directions for use from your health care provider. Always refer to the package insert that comes with your dry powder inhaler for specific instructions.
Caring for your DPI
American Lung Association: www.lung.org
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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