ASMANEX HFA (Page 7 of 8)
Instructions for Use
ASMANEX® HFA (AZ-ma-neks) 50 mcg
ASMANEX® HFA 100 mcg
ASMANEX® HFA 200 mcg
Read these Instructions for Use before you start using ASMANEX HFA and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
The parts of your ASMANEX HFA:
There are 2 main parts to your ASMANEX HFA inhaler: the metal canister that holds the medicine and the blue plastic actuator that sprays the medicine from the canister.
- The inhaler also has a pink cap that covers the mouthpiece of the actuator (see Figure 1). The cap from the mouthpiece must be removed before use. The inhaler contains “120” actuations (puffs).
- The inhaler comes with a dose counter located on the plastic actuator (see Figure 1). The counter display will show the number of actuations (puffs) of medicine remaining. The first time you use ASMANEX HFA the dose counter will show “124” actuations remaining. Each time you press the canister, a puff of medicine is released and the counter will count down by 1. The counter will stop counting at 0.
- Use ASMANEX HFA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Adults may assist children with using ASMANEX HFA as prescribed. Children may use ASMANEX HFA with or without a spacer device.
- Remove the cap from the mouthpiece of the actuator before using ASMANEX HFA.
- Do not remove the canister from the actuator because:
- you may not receive the correct amount of medication.
- the dose counter may not function properly.
- if you try to insert the canister back into the actuator this may cause the dose counter to count down by 1 and may discharge a puff.
- Use the ASMANEX HFA canister only with the actuator supplied with the product. Do not use parts of the ASMANEX HFA inhaler with parts from any other inhalation medicine.
Before using your ASMANEX HFA:
Remove the cap from the mouthpiece of the actuator before using ASMANEX HFA (see Figure 2). Check the mouthpiece for objects before use. Make sure the canister is fully inserted into the actuator.
Priming your ASMANEX HFA Inhaler:
Before you use ASMANEX HFA for the first time, you must prime the inhaler.
- To prime the inhaler, hold it in the upright position away from your face, and press down firmly and fully on the top of the canister until it stops moving in the actuator. Do this 4 times to release a total of 4 actuations (puffs) into the air.
- Shake the inhaler well before each of the priming actuations. After priming 4 times, the dose counter should read “120”.
- If you do not use your ASMANEX HFA for more than 5 days, you will need to prime it again before use.
Using your ASMANEX HFA:
- Confirm that the strength indicated on the actuator and canister labels matches the prescribed dosage.
- Remove the cap from the mouthpiece of the actuator (see Figure 3). Check the mouthpiece for objects before use. Make sure the canister is fully inserted into the actuator.
- Shake the inhaler well before each use.
- Breathe out as fully as you comfortably can through your mouth. Push out as much air from your lungs as possible. Hold the inhaler in the upright position and place the mouthpiece into your mouth (see Figure 4). Close your lips around the mouthpiece.
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- Take a deep breath (inhale) in slowly through your mouth. While doing this, press down firmly and fully on the top of the canister until it stops moving in the actuator. Take your finger off the canister.
- When you have finished breathing in, hold your breath as long as you comfortably can, up to 10 seconds. Then remove the inhaler from your mouth and breathe out through your nose, while keeping your lips closed.
- Wait at least 30 seconds to take your second puff of ASMANEX HFA.
- Shake the inhaler well again and repeat steps 6 through 8 to take your second puff of ASMANEX HFA.
After using your ASMANEX HFA inhaler:
- Replace the cap over the mouthpiece right away after use (see Figure 5).
- After you finish taking ASMANEX HFA (2 puffs), rinse your mouth with water.
Reading the counter:
- The dose counter identifies the number of inhalations (puffs) left in your inhaler (see Figure 6).
- The counter will count down each time you release a puff of medicine (either when preparing your ASMANEX HFA inhaler for use or when using the medicine).
When to replace your ASMANEX HFA:
- It is important that you pay attention to the number of inhalations (puffs) left in your ASMANEX HFA inhaler by reading the counter.
- When the counter reads “20” , you should refill your prescription or ask your healthcare provider if you need a new prescription for ASMANEX HFA.
- Throw away ASMANEX HFA after the counter reaches “0” , indicating that you have used the number of actuations on the product label and box. Your inhaler may not feel empty and it may continue to operate, but you will not get the right amount of medicine if you keep using it.
- Never try to change the numbers on the counter or remove the counter from the actuator.
- Do not use the inhaler after the expiration date.
How to clean your ASMANEX HFA:
The mouthpiece should be cleaned using a dry wipe after every 7 days of use.
Routine cleaning instructions:
- Remove the cap off the mouthpiece. Wipe the inside and outside surfaces of the actuator mouthpiece with a clean, dry, lint-free tissue or cloth. Do not wash or put any parts of your inhaler in water. Put the cap back on the mouthpiece after cleaning.
- Do not remove the canister from the actuator.
- Do not attempt to unblock the actuator with a sharp object, such as a pin.
This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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