Nebulized therapy is often called a breathing treatment. You can use nebulizers with a variety of medications, both for controlling asthma symptoms and for relief right away.
- 1 Why would a doctor prescribe a nebulizer?
- 2 What conditions are nebulisers used for?
- 3 What does a nebulizer do for your lungs?
- 4 What are the side effects of giving nebulised medication?
- 5 Can a nebuliser be used without medication?
- 6 Which medications can be nebulised?
- 7 Can nebulizers make you worse?
Why would a doctor prescribe a nebulizer?
Because you have asthma, COPD, or another lung disease, your health care provider has prescribed medicine that you need to take using a nebulizer. A nebulizer is a small machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist. You sit with the machine and breathe in through a connected mouthpiece.
What conditions are nebulisers used for?
You may use a nebuliser to inhale medication to clear your airways or to treat infections: in an emergency, if you are struggling to breathe and need a high dose of your reliever medicine – paramedics or hospital staff may give you reliver medicine through a nebuliser.
What does a nebulizer do for your lungs?
Nebulizer treatments are able to prevent respiratory problems from developing initially or getting worse. They are also effective at treating acute breathing emergencies. Long-term bronchodilators that you use every day, for example, can keep the bronchial tubes open.
What are the side effects of giving nebulised medication?
The most commonly reported side effects of nebulised therapy are:
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Mild tremor.
- Dryness of the mouth.
Can a nebuliser be used without medication?
Typically, a nebulizer and the medicine it uses require a prescription from a doctor or another healthcare provider. It is possible to purchase a nebulizer machine online without a prescription, though a doctor will probably still need to prescribe the medication.
Which medications can be nebulised?
Medications that are commonly administered through a nebuliser include bronchodilators (for example, salbutamol), anticholinergics (for example, ipratropium bromide), corticosteroids (for example, beclometasone) and normal saline.
Can nebulizers make you worse?
Wait, an inhaler designed to help your asthma may make your symptoms worse? Yes, some folks may have worsening symptoms of tight airways. It’s called “paradoxical bronchoconstriction.” If you feel more wheezing, tightness, or shortness of breath after using albuterol, stop using it and speak to your doctor.