Nebuliser therapy is the inhalation of a drug directly to the lungs. A nebuliser is a machine that changes liquid medicine into a fine mist.
This can then be inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece, allowing the medicine to be delivered directly into the lungs. This means that it can be absorbed quicker and more effectively.
The medication used in nebuliser therapy uses a lower dose of your medicine than if you were to take it by mouth and a higher dose than your ordinary inhalers. This means that, although side effects are possible, the chances are greatly reduced compared to medication taken orally.
Why do I need nebuliser therapy?
If you suffer from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis or other lung disorders, your healthcare professional may prescribe nebuliser therapy for you.
If you have any questions about your medication you should contact your healthcare professional.
What kind of medicine is used?
Typically, the following types of drugs are used in nebuliser therapy:
Bronchodilators; these help the airways to open up allowing more oxygen to enter the lungs.
Anti-inflammatory drugs; these reduce inflammation inside the lungs helping oxygen to enter the bloodstream.
Antibiotics; these are usually taken to control infection within the lungs
Important: you should always follow the instructions given to you by your healthcare professional about your medication.