Levy, ML, Carroll, WD, Izquierdo Alonso, JL, Keller, C, Lavorini, F and Lehtimäki, L (2019) Understanding Dry Powder Inhalers: Key Technical and Patient Preference Attributes. Advances in Therapy, 36 (10). 2547 - 2557. ISSN 0741-238X

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Inhalable medications for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be confusing even for health care professionals because of the multitude of available devices each with different operating principles. Dry powder inhalers (DPI) are a valuable option for almost all of the patients with asthma or COPD. Based on recorded patient inspiratory profiles, the peak inspiratory flow requirement of 30 L min−1 of high-resistance devices does not usually pose any practical limitations for the patients. Suboptimal adherence and errors in device handling are common and require continuous checking and patient education in order to avoid these pitfalls of all inhalation therapy. The aim of this opinion paper is to describe the working principles of DPIs and to summarise their key properties in order to help prescribing the correct inhaler for each patient.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Adherence Asthma COPD Device resistance Dry powder inhalers Respiratory
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC705 Diseases of the respiratory system
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Physical medicine. Physical therapy. Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 12:25
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 12:25
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8047

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