A nebulizer is a drug delivery device that turns liquid medication into a fine mist. This makes it easier to inhale into the lungs. Using a nebulizer takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve done it a few times, it should be relatively easy to use.
Why Use a Nebulizer?
Your health care provider will determine whether a nebulizer is right for you. Although the beneficial effects are generally the same, many people feel they get better symptom relief after using a nebulizer compared to when using a standard inhaler. Additionally, some people have trouble coordinating the depression of the inhaler canister with their breath. Nebulizers remove this from the equation and can be used as a substitute for an inhaler under the advice and direction of your health care provider.
Most nebulizers are small and easy to use. Some are even portable.
How to Use a Nebulizer
When you use a nebulizer, you’ll sit quietly taking slow, deep breaths for about 10 to 15 minutes. The following are general guidelines to setting up and using a nebulizer:
- Connect the hose to the air compressor.
- Fill the medicine cup with the prescribed dose of liquid medication.
- Attach the hose and the mouthpiece securely to the medicine cup.
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth, sealing your lips tightly around it.
- Breathe in through your mouth until all the medicine has been inhaled.
- Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.
- Store your nebulizer in a safe place away from pets and children until your next treatment.
To learn how to clean your nebulizer properly, read Inogen’s How to Care for Your Nebulizer.