POWERbreathe Medic

4.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)
POWERbreathe Medic was approved for prescription in the UK by the NHS after being rigorously assessed for clinical evidence, patient compliance and financial savings.
  • Approved for prescription in the UK (since 2006)
  • Drug-free with no side effects or drug interactions
  • Mechanically adjustable variable load (10 - 90cmH2O)
  • Clinically proven to alleviate breathlessness
The mechanical Medic offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients in a variety of medical conditions such as COPD, heart failure, asthma, thoracic surgery, ventilator weaning, cystic fibrosis and neuromuscular disease.

£29.99

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The Medic has been taken up 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, 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 990cmH2O

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.

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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.

2 reviews for POWERbreathe Medic

  1. 5 out of 5

    L Bywater

    After only a couple of weeks I found a positive difference
    On the up and up! I have now had my POWERbreathe for six weeks, I planned to see what the effects would be after then, but after only a couple of weeks I found a positive difference.
    My breathing was a lot better, easier and deeper, and I felt more confident and stronger, and found I did not need to carry my blue inhaler around with me. Working with my asthma nurse, (who had not heard of POWERbreathe) I still use my medication for the asthma I developed some ten years ago. I have always been active and do mountaineering, biking and the like, and still continue to do so. So it was baffling to find my condition was starting to bother me at times, while at rest.
    I use the red POWERbreathe Sport, now on my seventh week, after starting on the zero setting, now on 1.75. My peak flow readings are now averaging out at a higher reading than when I started, although technique using this is a bit iffy. All in all, after using POWERbreathe I feel very positive and I am only at the beginning.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Emma Hamilton, West Cumbria Respiratory Team

    Our patients have found it to be of great benefit
    We have been using the POWERbreathe Medic for over a year as part of the pulmonary rehab programme and our patients have found it to be of great benefit and enjoy using it. We have good compliance and have found an improvement in patients’ fitness. We will continue to use the POWERbreathe Medic as an adjunct to our programme.
    Emma Hamilton, West Cumbria Respiratory Team, Workington Community Hospital.

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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.