Nebulizers can be 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. These are the basic
- Connect the hose to an air compressor.
- Fill the medicine cup with your prescription.
- 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. (Often this takes about 10 - 15 minutes). Some people
use a nose clip to help them breathe only through the mouth. Others prefer
to use a mask.
- Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water, and air-dry until your
Review Date: 5/16/2007
Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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