POWERbreathe Medic Plus

Medic Plus offers a 1cmH2O entry load for patients in ICU, or who have severe breathing difficulties, to begin training their respiratory muscles which would otherwise be difficult to train.
  • 65% improved airflow (vs. Medic)
  • Drug-free with no side effects or drug interactions
  • Mechanically adjustable variable load range (1 - 78cmH2O)
  • ESpecially helpful for COPD, heart failure & asthma
The mechanical Medic Plus, like the Medic before it, offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients in a variety of medical conditions. It offers an updated mouthpiece design suitable for ages 7+, as well as, improved airflow dynamics, easier to adjust and read resistance gauge. Also, the variable load range (1 – 78cmH2O) and variable load settings (0 – 10 levels), make this lower entry load suitable for people with conditions such as COPD.

£49.99

SKU PB2000 Category Tags ,

The Medic Plus offers the lowest entry level load of any threshold IMT device currently available.

The Medic Plus is used by medical professionals as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments. It can be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with pulmonary rehabilitation, with or without supervision, and can be easily used straight out of the box.

Respiratory muscle weakness is inherent in various patient groups and a major contributor to the perception of difficult or laboured breathing (dyspnoea). However, when the inspiratory muscles are ‘overloaded’ regularly using the Medic Plus, they adapt and become stronger and more resistant to fatigue. Activating stronger inspiratory muscles requires less effort during a given task, reducing dyspnoea. This has been shown to improve exercise tolerance and quality of life, particularly in patients with COPD.

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Level 09cmH2O
Level 116cmH2O
Level 223cmH2O
Level 329cmH2O
Level 436cmH2O
Level 543cmH2O
Level 650cmH2O
Level 757cmH2O
Level 864cmH2O
Level 971cmH2O
Level 1078cmH2O

This helps to keep track of your progress as you record your training load and number of inspiratory breaths completed for each of the morning and evening sessions over a period of days and weeks.

Download Medic Plus Training Diary >

POWERbreathe is drug free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read the following precautions and contraindications to ensure that you use your POWERbreathe safely and appropriately.

If you have any doubts about POWERbreathe’s suitability, or you have a medical condition, please consult your doctor.

Precautions:

  • Do not make changes to any prescribed medication or prescribed treatment programme without consulting your doctor.
  • Do not use POWERbreathe if you are suffering from a ruptured eardrum.
  • To prevent the potential transmission of infections, we recommend that you do not share your POWERbreathe with other users, including family members.
  • This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • POWERbreathe is designed for exercising your inspiratory muscles only. No other use is intended or implied.
  • Anyone who is under the age of 16 should only use POWERbreathe with supervision from an adult. POWERbreathe contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 7 years.
  • Whilst training with POWERbreathe you should feel resistance when inhaling but it should not be painful. If you should feel pain whilst using POWERbreathe, stop immediately and consult your doctor.
  • Some users may experience slight ear discomfort when training with Medic Plus, especially if they are recovering from a cold. This is caused by inadequate equalisation of pressure between the mouth and ears. If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.
  • If you are suffering from a cold, sinusitis or respiratory tract infection, we advise that you do not use POWERbreathe until symptoms have disappeared. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
  • Refer to your Healthcare Professional before using POWERbreathe if you have any of the following conditions:
    • A history of spontaneous pneumothorax (a collapsed lung that was not due to traumatic injury e.g. broken rib), as it may lead to a recurrence of the condition.
    • Pulmonary hypertension o Large bullae on chest x-ray
    • Marked osteoporosis with history of rib fractures
    • Desaturation during or following IMT (<94%)

Contraindications

Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:

  • Asthma patients who have low symptom perception and suffer from frequent, severe exacerbations or with an abnormally low perception of dyspnoea
  • If you are suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the ear
  • Patients with marked elevated left ventricular end-diastolic volume and pressure
  • Patients with worsening heart failure signs and symptoms after RMT / IMT
  • If in doubt, consult your Healthcare Professional.

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How to use:

  • Put nose clip on, pushing nostrils together (optional).
  • Holding device place mouthpiece in your mouth.
  • Ensure lips cover outer shield to make a seal.
  • Find your starting level (refer to manual).
  • Take a fast, forceful breath in through your mouth.
  • Breathe out slowly and passively.
  • Do this for 30 breaths, twice a day.
Scientifically proven training regimen

The benefits of using POWERbreathe IMT twice daily

Our claims are backed up by years of research papers, meta-analysis, scientific trials & review articles.

Frequently asked questions

The POWERbreathe Medic only is available in the UK for prescription in the National Health Service (NHS) Drug Tariff: PIP 232-1040. The POWERbreathe Medic and Medic Plus is also available to purchase via pharmacy retail and directly from this website.

POWERbreathe is drug free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read Precautions and Contraindications.

If you have any doubts about POWERbreathe’s suitability, please consult your doctor.

If you have a medical condition, please consult your doctor and read Precautions and Contraindications. POWERbreathe is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including:

  • Asthma patients who have low symptom perception and suffer from frequent, severe exacerbations or with an abnormally low perception of dyspnoea
  • If you are suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the ear
  • Patients with marked elevated left ventricular end-diastolic volume and pressure
  • Patients with worsening heart failure signs and symptoms after RMT / IMT
  • If in doubt, consult your Healthcare Professional.

There are no safety reasons for preventing young children (above 7 years of age) from using POWERbreathe Medic/Medic Plus. However, the following factors may affect their ability to use the device effectively: 

  • They must be able to fit the mouthpiece in their mouth. The POWERbreathe Medic Plus mouthpiece is smaller and therefore more suited to children. 
  • They must be old enough to understand how to effectively perform the breathing exercises. 
  • They must have the motivation themselves or the parental encouragement to ensure that they continue to perform the exercises. 
  • They should only use the device under the supervision of an adult.