Effectively delivering medication to your lungs is an essential component of treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, pneumonia, or asthma. Sometimes, traditional inhalers may not be enough, and a physician may prescribe a nebulizer to treat your breathing difficulties. Nebulizer therapy is often called a breathing treatment. Nebulizers are especially helpful when a patient needs a large dose of inhaled medication.
A nebulizer turns a small amount of liquid medication into a mist inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece, so the medicine goes straight into the lungs and respiratory system. This proven method has been a frontline treatment of respiratory disease for many years.
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Nebulizers can accommodate both active and non-active lifestyles. Patients can use a nebulizer to provide immediate relief from breathing difficulties or for routine maintenance. Nebulizers are also easier to use than inhalers. The mist sends the medication directly to the lungs, so you get the full dose delivered where it is needed.
What is the difference between an inhaler and a nebulizer?
Inhalers and nebulizers are different ways of delivering respiratory medications. Nebulizers are electric or battery-powered and are often easier to use than an inhaler. In one study, 80% of patients and caregivers reported that using a nebulizer was better than using only an inhaler.1 An overwhelming majority of patients and caregivers were satisfied with a nebulizer and reported benefits in symptom relief, ease of use, and improved quality of life.
Are nebulizers covered by insurance?
When they’re a medical necessity, the answer is usually yes! Contact your nearest Rotech location for more information.
- (Amir Sharafkhaneh, Ray A. Wolf, Sheila Goodnight, Nicola A. Hanania, Barry J. Make & Donald P. Tashkin (2013) Perceptions and Attitudes Toward the Use of Nebulized Therapy for COPD: Patient and Caregiver Perspectives, COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 10:4, 482-492, DOI: 10.3109/15412555.2013.773302)