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An inhaler is a handheld device that delivers medicine in a
measured dose while a person inhales. Inhalers are used in respiratory
conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Inhaled medicine may work faster than oral medicines to relieve
symptoms such as wheezing and spasms in the bronchial tubes, because the
inhaler allows the medicine to go directly to the lungs. Inhaled medicine
usually causes fewer side effects than oral medicine.
There are two types of inhalers:
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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