The medication reaches your lungs effectively

Positioning yourself properly while using a rescue inhaler can help ensure the medication reaches your lungs effectively. Here’s how to position yourself for optimal use of a rescue inhaler during an asthma attack or when experiencing symptoms:

  1. Sit Up or Stand Upright:
    • Sit up straight or stand in an upright position. Good posture allows your lungs to expand fully, making it easier to inhale the medication deeply.
  2. Relax Your Shoulders:
    • Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid slouching. This posture helps create an unobstructed airway for the medication to reach your lungs.
  3. Breathe Out Completely:
    • Before using the inhaler, exhale fully to empty your lungs. This prepares your airways to receive the medication.
  4. Hold the Inhaler Properly:
    • Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece toward your mouth, ensuring a comfortable and secure grip.
  5. Position the Mouthpiece Correctly:
    • Place the mouthpiece of the inhaler between your teeth, ensuring a tight seal around it with your lips. This allows the medication to enter your airways effectively.
  6. Coordinate Inhaler Activation with Inhalation:
    • As you start inhaling slowly and deeply through your mouth, simultaneously press down on the inhaler to release one puff of medication. The goal is to inhale the medication deeply into your lungs.
  7. Hold Your Breath:
    • After inhaling the medication, hold your breath for about 10 seconds. This allows the medication to reach the deeper parts of your lungs.
  8. Exhale Slowly:
    • Breathe out slowly and gently through your mouth after holding your breath. Avoid exhaling too forcefully to prevent expelling the medication.

Positioning yourself correctly and following these steps ensures that you’re in an optimal posture to inhale the medication properly. It allows the rescue inhaler medication to reach your airways effectively, providing relief during an asthma attack or when experiencing asthma symptoms. If you’re uncertain about using the inhaler correctly, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.