5 Benefits of Using a Nebulizer MachineDate: April 27, 2020
There are several ways to effectively deliver medication to your body. Depending on your circumstances, health needs and nature of your illness, your doctor may have given you a nebulizer for treatment. Many people need them, such as those who suffer from bronchitis or asthma. Here are the top benefits of nebulizers.
1. Effective Medication Delivery
Nebulizers are medical supplies that send medications right into your lungs, where you need it most. Unlike systemic medications that take a while to pass through your gastrointestinal tract to your bloodstream, nebulizers work extremely quickly to directly benefit the respiratory tract. Albuterol is a popular bronchodilator, and can start to work in just about five minutes when in nebulizer form, compared to a half hour in oral form. As you can see, speed is a big benefit here.
Nebulizer treatments are able to prevent respiratory problems from developing initially or getting worse. They are also effective at treating acute breathing emergencies. Long-term bronchodilators that you use every day, for example, can keep the bronchial tubes open. Steroids work to reduce inflammation and mucus production within the lungs, which can impede the flow of oxygen.
3. Ease of Use
Nebulizers are, quite simply, easy to use. Unlike inhalers, which require a person to breathe in when releasing the medication, the medication contained in a nebulizer treatment will flow on a continuous basis. This means you are able to breathe normally during treatment. Newer models of nebulizers are small enough so that they are portable, although not quite at the level of portability as inhalers, which can fit right in your pocket. Nebulizers are typically powered by battery or electricity, taking between five and 10 minutes to give you a full dose of medication.
Anyone can use a nebulizer — even babies, the elderly and severely debilitated people.
5. Fewer Side Effects
Nebulizer therapy slashes the risk of side effects compared with taking oral versions of the same medications. Nebulizers also feature a reduced risk of short-term side effects such as tremors, headache, or rapid heartbeat. Additionally, they cut the risk of long-term complications due to steroids such as high blood pressure, high blood glucose, weight gain, bone loss or infection risk.
Contact Home Care Pharmacy
To learn more about nebulizers and how they can benefit you, contact us at 805-527-9600. Home Care Pharmacy can order any machine, filter, tubing or mouthpieces you need to complement your nebulizer system. Additionally, our pharmacists are trained in many pulmonary diseases and can guide you in how best to use your nebulizer.