Load the Diskhaler®: Remove the cover. Pull out the white tray by grasping the corners, pulling out until you see the ribbed sides, then squeezing the ribbed sides as you gently ease the tray out of the Diskhaler®. Place the disk on the wheel of the tray with the numbers face up. Slide the tray back into the Diskhaler®.
Get ready for the dose: Gently push in and pull out the cartridge until the number “4” appears in the side indicator window. This number tells you how many doses are left in the cartridge. When the number “1” appears, you have one dose left. After taking this dose, you will need to replace the disk by repeating step 1.
Get ready to inhale: Hold the Diskhaler® level. Lift up the rear edge of the lid as far as it will go. This will allow the plastic needle to pierce the blister package. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the blister must be pierced. You may feel some resistance when this happens. Once both surfaces of the blister have been pierced, close the lid again. Do not lift the lid unless the cartridge is completely inside the Diskhaler® body or completely removed, as this could break the needle.
Inhale: Keep the Diskhaler® level. Breathe out fully, then place the Diskhaler® mouthpiece in your mouth, between your teeth. Do not bite the mouthpiece or cover up the air intake holes on the side. Breathe in as steadily and deeply as you can. Then, hold your breath if you can and remove the Diskhaler® from your mouth. Keep holding your breath for as long as it is comfortable. Breathe out slowly.
Get ready for the next inhalation: Push in and pull out the cartridge as described in step 2. Do not pierce the blister until just before your next inhalation.
After you are finished with the Diskhaler®, put the cap back on.
How to look after the Diskhaler®
- To clean, remove the cartridge and use the brush provided to clear away any remaining powder. Do this before inserting a new disk. When you clean the Diskhaler®, the tray and wheel should be removed from the Diskhaler® body.
- Replace the Diskhaler® after 6 months of use.
*Different medications come in Diskhaler® form. This information is intended to provide general instructions for the use of a Diskhaler®. Instructions may vary for different products. If these instructions are different from those given by your doctor or pharmacist, check with your doctor or pharmacist to confirm how you should be using the product. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific information about your particular medication.