An Alternative Treatment To Breath Better

Is using an inhaler difficult or ineffective?

A nebulizer contains the same medication as an inhaler but delivers it in a different way.

We can check with your insurance to see whether your nebulizer is covered.

A nebulizer is a drug delivery device commonly used to treat lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases. Nebulizers come in home tabletop models or portable models. A nebulizer converts medication into an air mist that can be breathed in through a mouthpiece or mask.

Both inhalers and nebulizers are devices used to get drugs into the lungs when needed, and deliver the same types of medicine with equal effectiveness when used properly.

Inhalers are small, handheld devices that deliver a puff of medicine into the airways. An inhaler is small enough to carry in your pocket, and quick to deliver medication to the lungs within a few minutes. However, inhalers involve different techniques to use and using them correctly can take some practice.

Nebulizers are machines that change medication from a liquid to a mist, which is easier to inhale into the lungs. Nebulizers are effective for infants, small children, and people who have difficulty using inhalers. However, nebulizers are more expensive, and not as conveniently portable as inhalers. Also, treatment takes longer, and the nebulizer machine requires maintenance.

You need a prescription from your doctor, or oftentimes, nebulizer therapy is available at the doctor’s office.

All types of nebulizers tend to be covered under the durable medical equipment portion of health insurance policies. However, most insurance companies will require a specified durable medical equipment supplier. A patient is responsible for any applicable deductible, copay or coinsurance amounts.

Every nebulizer is accompanied with specific instructions. Refer to these instructions and contact your healthcare provider before using for the first time. Proper use and care of your nebulizer is important to get the best results from treatment. Change the filters, nebulizer cups, and tubing on a regular basis.