2005 年 125 巻 5 号 p. 455-461
We repor an effective method for mouth washing after inhalation of corticosteroids for the prevention of local adverse effects such as hoarseness and oropharyngeal candidiasis. This method involves gargling and rinsing immediately after inhalation, repeated at least twice. We performed a questionnaire survey on mouth washing after inhalation of corticosteroids of 19 inpatients who used inhaled corticosteroids at the University of Tokyo Hospital. The questions concerhed: 1) awareness of local adverse effects of inhaled corticosteroids; 2) gargling and rinsing habits; 3) repeating mouth washing at least twice; and 4) mouth washing immediately after inhalation. The percentage of patients correctly performing the individual maneuvers were: 1) 63.2%; 2) 36.8%; 3) 36.8%; and 4) 63.2%. The percentage of patients performing our recommended method of mouth washing (all four elements) was 11%. These results suggest that patients receiving inhaled corticosteroids poorly comprehend mouth washing procedures after inhalation of corticosteroids. It is important that pharmacists advise patients on the correct method of mouth washing.