Many patients are prescribed a nebulizer to administer their respiratory medications. The purpose of this equipment is to turn the medicine into a breathable aerosol mist, which the patient then inhales passively for ten to twenty minutes. There are many times when this extended, daily treatment method is the only effective way people can receive the full dosage of an inhaled medication.
This method of administering drugs differs from other inhalers which often use less of the drug, but require more interactivity from the patient. For patients who are unable to use other inhalers, the quiet breathing of a nebulizer is preferred.
What You Can Expect
Our clinical staff will instruct you in the proper use of a nebulizer. They will administer nebulizer treatments in the office when appropriate, but normally you will do the treatments yourself at home, using your own machine. Treatments usually take 10-20 minutes.
Why It Is Used
Often these machines are used to control COPD, while others use them for asthma. Nebulizers act as the deliver means for management of breathing problems. They are not designed to alleviate acute symptoms such as asthma attacks which might arise. Appropriate use of a nebulizer can, however, lessen the likelihood of acute attacks, maintenance medications, usually inhaled corticosteroids, must be taken in their full dosage daily.
Use of a nebulizer can help people live a fuller life by giving them their daily regime of needed respiratory drugs to keep symptoms od asthma or COPD at bay, and to allow the patient to breath easier.