How to Use a Canister Inhaler MDI

Instructions for using the Canister Type Inhaler:

The Canister/ Metered Dose Inhaler is also called: Alvesco, Dulera, Symbicort

  1. Shake the canister vigorously.
  2. Hold the canister upright and remove the cap.
  3. Open the mouth and breathe out normally.
  4. Begin to breathe in slowly.
  5. While breathing in, press down on the inhaler and slowly continue to breathe in as deep of a breath as possible.
  6. Hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds before exhaling.
  7. WAIT 1 MINUTE between sprays.

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