Nebulizer Treatments - Breathing Treatment Tips

Nebulizer treatments (aka breathing treatments) are prescribed for the treatment of asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and other respiratory ailments.

Important Things to keep in mind During Breathing Treatments

  • Take your treatment as directed by your doctor, when in doubt call the pharmacy that dispensed it or call your doctor.
  • Understand what your medications are intended to do so you know what to expect (I.e.: rescue inhaler vs steroid inhaler).
  • If you miss a breathing treatment, take it when you remember but space out your next treatment at least 4-6 hours from the last one (or as per your prescription).
  • Do not discontinue your treatments unless you have been told to do so by your physician, even if you feel better.
  • If you find that your rescue medication is not helping your breathing issue or if you are needing it every 1-2 hours or more frequently than is normal, you will need to contact your physician or go to the emergency department at your local hospital.  If your treatments are not working and you are very short of breath, you will need intervention A.S.A.P.
  • If you are prescribed to use a steroid nebulizer (or inhaler), you will need to rinse your mouth after use.  Not rinsing can allow a yeast/fungal infection called thrush to colonize in the mouth resulting in painful sores.
  • Keep extra nebulizer supplies on hand (nebulizer medication kits, tubing, mouthpieces/masks, and medication if possible).
  • Report any unusual side effects of the medication or if the medication no longer seems to be helping.
  • Rinse your nebulizer kit and mouthpiece/mask after each treatment and wash well with warm, soapy water once a day, if using a Pari neb kit, it is top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • Replace your supplies regularly. Disposable neb kits should be changed twice a month at a minimum and non-disposable nebulizer kits have a 6-month life.
  • Never share your medication with anyone.
  • Store your medication as directed.  Keep away from sunlight and heat sources.
  • Medicare will pay for most medications that are prescribed to be taken via a nebulizer compressor. Check your coverage.
  • If possible, have an inhaler (MDI) with the same medication available for portability and emergencies.

As we say: “when in doubt, check it out...” if any questions should arise regarding your breathing treatments, contact your doctor or pharmacist, always rely on professionals for the answers you need.

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