Nebulizer is a medical device that transforms asthma medication from liquid to mist form that you can take easily by inhaling. Asthma patients, infants and small children are common users of nebulizers, who unable to use asthma inhaler. This device comes in handy when you need large dose of medication.
How Many Times A Day Can You Take A Breathing Treatment?
The nebulizer solution is usually used three or four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use albuterol exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
What Is The Purpose Of Using A Nebulisers?
A, ‘nebulizer,’ is a machine that converts certain medications from liquid form into a mist a person may inhale into their lungs. The purpose of a nebulizer is similar to that of an asthma inhaler and many times is used as an alternative to a metered dosage of say, Albuterol, from an inhaler.
Recent evidence show that nebulizers are no more effective than metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) with spacers and that MDIs may offer advantages in children with acute asthma. Those findings refer specifically to the treatment of asthma and not to the efficacy of nebulisers generally, as for COPD for example.
European Respiratory Society highlighted a risk relating to droplet size reproducibility caused by selling nebulizer devices separately from nebulized solution. They found this practice could vary droplet size 10-fold or more by changing from an inefficient nebulizer system to a highly efficient one.
Two advantages attributed to nebulizers, compared to MDIs with spacers (inhalers), were their ability to deliver larger dosages at a faster rate, especially in acute asthma; however, recent data suggests actual lung deposition rates are the same. In addition, another trial found that a MDI (with spacer) had a lower required dose for clinical result compared to a nebulizer (see Clark, et al. other references)