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Dry Powder Discus

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Dry Powder Discus

The DISKUSŪ inhalation device will be in the closed position when the pouch is opened.

The dose indicator on the top of the DISKUS tells you how many doses are left. The dose indicator number will decrease each time you use the DISKUS.

1. Hold the DISKUS in one hand and put the thumb of your other hand on the thumbgrip. Push your thumb away from you as far as it will go until the mouthpiece appears and snaps into position. diagram with person's thumb  in thumbgrip
2. Hold the DISKUS in a level, horizontal position with the mouthpiece toward you. Slide the lever away from you as far as it will go until it clicks. The DISKUS is now ready to use. diagram showing diskus being held level
3. Before inhaling your dose of DISKUS, breathe out as far as is comfortable, holding the DISKUS level and away from your mouth. Remember, never breathe out into the mouthpiece. Put the mouthpiece to your lips. Breathe in quickly and deeply through the DISKUS, not through your nose. Remove the DISKUS from your mouth. diagram showing woman holding diskus  level and then bringing it to her lips

Close the DISKUS when you are finished taking a dose so that the DISKUS will be ready for you to take your next dose. Put your thumb on the thumbgrip and slide the thumbgrip back toward you as far as it will go. The DISKUS will click shut. The lever will automatically return to its original position. The DISKUS is now ready for you to take your next scheduled dose.

diagram showing person sliding thumbgrip back toward them