The basic steps for using most inhalers include:
Remove the cap and hold the inhaler upright.
Gently shake the inhaler.
Tilt your head back slightly and breathe out slowly.
Depending on your provider's specific instructions, open your mouth with your head one to two inches away from the inhaler or position the inhaler in your mouth.
Close your mouth around the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Press down on the inhaler to release medication as you start inhaling or within the first second of inhaling; continue inhaling as you press down on your inhaler. Breathe in slowly through your mouth, not your nose, for three to five seconds. Press your inhaler only once while you’re inhaling – one breath for each puff. Make sure you breathe evenly and deeply.
Hold your breath for 10 seconds to allow the medicine to reach deep into your lungs.
Repeat puffs as your prescription dictates. Waiting one minute between puffs enables the inhaler device to draw up another full dose of medication.