When are nebulisers used?

Nebulisers can be the best way to deliver a dose of medicine to someone who is struggling to breathe. So nebulisers are usually used in emergency situations to deliver high doses of medication. 

They are also a way of giving drugs to people who cannot use another device, such as very young children.

Your consultant may also decide to arrange a nebuliser for you to use at home in some circumstances.

A number of different medications can be given using a nebuliser, including salt water solutions and antibiotics. Medications are usually administered through a mask, but there are some possible side effects if they get in your eyes, so some can only be safely delivered through a mouthpiece.

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Last medically reviewed: August 2015. Due for review: August 2018

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