Inhaled mannitol is used with a special inhaler which will measure the effect of this medicine on your lungs. It is given by a doctor or other trained health professional who will be with you during the test. After you have completed the test, your doctor will know the result right away (positive or negative for asthma).
Aridol™ is a test kit containing one single patient use inhaler and 3 blister packs containing 19 capsules of mannitol for inhalation in marked doses to perform one bronchial challenge test.
Do not put the capsules in your mouth or swallow them.
To perform the test:
- Before doing the bronchial challenge test, your doctor may ask you to perform a breathing or lung test (e.g., spirometry test).
- A nose clip will then be put on your nose so you will only able to breathe in and out of your mouth.
- Place 0 mg capsule into the inhaler. Press the side buttons of the inhaler once to puncture the capsule.
- To inhale this medicine, breathe out fully, trying to get as much air out of the lungs as possible. Put the inhaler just in front of your mouth.
- Open your mouth and breathe in slowly and deeply (like yawning).
- Hold your breath for about 5 seconds, then breathe out slowly before removal of the nose clip.
- You will be asked to repeat the above steps up to 8 times (total of 9 increasing doses of Aridol™). This is to measure the effect of Aridol™ in your lungs.
- Once you have finished the test, you will be given a short-acting inhaler to help you breathe (for patients who have a positive result).
- Throw away the inhaler after using.