Dry Powder Inhalers

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Inhaled medication can also be dispensed in a dry powder form. For some, the inhalation technique is easier than the MDI: You do not have to synchronize your breathing with the pressure of the inhaler. For powders, the medication is released by your inhalation effort, known as breath activated. A commonly used dry powder inhaler is Advair. This combines two medications: a long-acting beta-agonist and a corticosteroid powder. This combination should not be used as a rescue medication during an acute attack, as it has a long onset of action (2).

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