Special 10 May, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
Do you use pharmaceutical drugs – such as inhalers, eye drops or nose sprays – properly? It is estimated that only a small percentage of these medications are administered properly.
A study published by Rice University in Texas (United States) found that only 7% of medications that are administered by inhaling, reach the lungs. In fact, this same study found that the majority of other drugs are also lost when they are administered, such as eye and nose drops.
Read the following points to learn how to best use inhalers, as well as other types of medications, in order to get the most out of them.
- Inhalers. First shake the container, then breathe in as you press down on it and hold your breath for 10 seconds.
- Eye drops. Drops should hit the center of the eye. To do this, use your finger to cover the inner corner of the eye to help prevent losing the product. After you apply the drops, carefully close both eyes and hold them shut for 30 seconds.
- Nose sprays. Before applying these products, it is important to clean the inside of your nose as there may be mucus that can prevent the product from achieving its full effect. Next, breathe out through both nostrils to make sure they are clean. Then, cover one nostril as you apply the spray, do the same with the other, and repeat.
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