Pulse.ng logo

Health Tips You're probably making mistakes when using these 3 common meds

You can get the most from your meds by avoiding a few key mistakes.

  • Published: , Refreshed:

Asthma inhalers are often deployed improperly, resulting in as little as 7 percent (!) of the drugs making it to the lungs, per a new study.

And that's not the only medication that's being misused on the regular. But deep breath: You can get the most from your meds by avoiding a few key mistakes.


The error: Not following directions to shake it before use, inhaling too early or late, or exhaling right away

The fix: Shake before every puff when required; breathe in and press the button simultaneously; hold your breath for 10 seconds after so the meds can reach the lungs.


The error: Letting them fall into the inner corner of the eye, which is a passageway to your nose and mouth (you'll know if you get a stuffy nose or a strange taste in your throat)

The fix: Use a finger to block that corner, and aim the drops for the center of your eye. Close your eye for 30 seconds.


The error: Not blowing your nose before--any existing mucus buildup will prevent it from working properly

The fix: Blow both sides of your nose, even if you don't feel congested. Then hold one nostril closed while you inhale the spray on one side. Switch sides.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.