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Easivent is a medical device used in the delivery of asthma medication. It is a valved holding chamber that traps and holds medication from a metered-dose inhaler (MDI), allowing the patient to inhale the medication effectively. Easivent helps improve medication delivery to the lungs by eliminating the need to coordinate inhalation with MDI actuation and allows more medication to reach the lungs and reduce side effects from oral medication.
Use and Dosage
Easivent is a type of valved holding chamber (VHC) or spacer that is commonly used with inhalers for treating asthma. Here are the general steps for using Easivent:
- Remove the cap from your inhaler and shake the inhaler well.
- Insert the inhaler into the open end of the Easivent spacer.
- Hold the Easivent spacer horizontally with your thumb on the bottom and your fingers supporting the top.
- Place the mouthpiece of the Easivent spacer between your teeth and seal your lips around it to form a tight seal.
- Press down on the inhaler to release one puff of medication into the Easivent spacer.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply for 3-5 seconds, filling your lungs completely with the medication.
- Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds to allow the medication to reach your airways.
- Exhale slowly through your mouth.
- If you need to take more than one puff of medication, wait for 30 seconds to 1 minute before repeating steps 5-8.
- Exhale slowly.
Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with the device. Also, consult with your healthcare provider for specific instructions on how to use the Easivent chamber with your medication.
Common Side Effects of Easivent (Chamber):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fast heartbeat
Serious Side Effects of Easivent (Chamber):
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Low energy and weakness
- Over excitement
Forms and Strength
Easivent (Chamber) is available in the following forms and strength:
- No dose
- Not all metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) are compatible with all types of valved holding chambers, use an MDI designed to work with the chamber you are using.
- Regularly clean and replace the chamber as recommended by the manufacturer to prevent bacterial growth and ensure proper medication delivery.
- Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g., severe allergies, acute bronchospasm) may not be candidates for Easivent use and should consult with their healthcare provider to determine the best treatment option for them.
- As with any medication, there may be side effects associated with the use of Easivent. These can include mouth and throat irritation, cough, and increased heart rate.
- Easivent is only intended for use with asthma medication and should not be used for any other purpose unless directed by a healthcare professional.
- Easivent may not be suitable for patients with certain physical limitations, such as those who are unable to form a tight seal around the mouthpiece or those who have difficulty with hand-eye coordination.
- Patients should be careful not to accidentally exhale into the chamber, as this can affect medication delivery and effectiveness.
- Patients should consult with their healthcare provider regarding proper treatment and dosing, as the amount of medication required can vary based on the patient's age, weight, and severity of their condition.
- Patients should always follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer to ensure proper medication delivery. Failure to do so can result in reduced medication effectiveness and increased risk of side effects.
- Patients should also be aware of potential risks associated with the specific medication they are using with the Easivent, and consult with their healthcare provider if they experience any unusual symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is the Easivent chamber inhaler suitable for children?
The Easivent chamber inhaler can be used in children as long as they can form a seal around the mouthpiece of the device and follow the instructions for inhaling the medication.
Can I share my Easivent chamber inhaler with someone else?
No, sharing medical devices like the Easivent chamber inhaler can increase the risk of infection or transmission of diseases.
Can I use the Easivent chamber inhaler with any type of medication?
No, not all medications can be delivered by a metered-dose inhaler. You should only use the Easivent chamber inhaler with medications that are intended for use with this type of device.
How often should I replace the Easivent chamber inhaler?
The Easivent chamber inhaler should be replaced every 6 to 12 months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Check the device regularly for any damage or wear and tear, and replace it immediately if any issues are noticed.
It's important to purchase Easivent from verified Canadian pharmacy.