Living Well With COPD - Page 11

Inhaled Medications Most COPD medications are delivered by an inhaler. When you breathe You can find explanations in the medication through the inhaler, it goes right into the airways of of how each of these the lungs. Inhaled medications work to open airways by: medication delivery systems • • • work on the following pages. Relaxing tight muscles around them Decreasing swelling in the airways Reducing mucus A complete list of all brand name and generic inhaled COPD medications is included in the pocket at the back of this guide. There are four types of inhaler delivery devices: • Metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), pressurized devices that release medication in a fine spray • Dry powder inhalers (DPIs), breath-actuated devices that release a fine, powdered medication (single dose and multi dose) • Soft mist inhalers (SMIs) (Respimat ® ), propellant-free devices that release a metered dose of medication in a fine mist • Nebulizers, which break liquid medication into a fine mist that can be inhaled slowly How each delivery system works is explained on the following pages. 9