Nebulizers are used to treat asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other conditions where inhaled medicines are indicated.
Nebulizers deliver a stream of medicated air to the lungs over a period of time.
Assemble the nebulizer according to its instructions. Connect the hose to an air compressor.
Fill the medicine cup with your prescription, according to the instructions.
Attach the hose and mouthpiece to the medicine cup.
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth. Breathe through your mouth until all the medicine is used, about 10 to 15 minutes. Some people use a nose clip to help them breathe only through the mouth.
Some people prefer to use a mask.
Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water, and air-dry until your next treatment.
Review Date: 1/22/2023
Reviewed By: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS, Paul F. Harron, Jr. Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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