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How to Use a DISKUS®
A DISKUS® is a dry-powder inhaler that holds 60 doses. It features a built-in counter, so that you always know how many doses you have left in it.


To use your DISKUS®:

  1. Open your DISKUS®: Hold it in the palm of your hand, put the thumb of your other hand on the thumb grip and push the thumb grip until it "clicks" into place
  2. Slide the lever away from you as far as it will go to get your medication ready
  3. Breathe out away from the device
  4. Place the mouthpiece gently in your mouth and close your lips around it
  5. Breathe in deeply until you have taken a full breath
  6. Remove the DISKUS® from your mouth
  7. Hold your breath for about ten seconds, then breathe out
  8. Always check the number in the dose counter window to see how many doses are left.


If you drop your DISKUS® or breathe into it after its dose has been loaded, you may cause the dose to be lost. If either of these things happens, reload the device before using it.

Concerned About Steroids?

There are lots of myths about the steroids used to treat asthma. Are they the same as those that show up in headlines about athletes abusing drugs? Learn the facts in our steroid FAQs.

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Asthma Medications

What are the different kinds of asthma medications? Are you using your inhaler properly? What is an Asthma Action Plan and how do I get one? Learn what your medication does and how to take it properly by reading the Asthma Basics Booklet #3: Medications

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