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Using a Nebulizer (Adult)

A nebulizer turns medicine into a mist. You breathe the mist in through a mask or a mouthpiece. To use your nebulizer, follow the steps below.

Healthcare provider showing woman how to use nebulizer.
There are many kinds of nebulizers available, including portable ones. Your doctor will prescribe the type that’s best for you.

With a Mask

  • Put the correct dose of medicine in the cup.

  • Connect one end of the tubing to the cup and the other end to the machine.

  • Attach the mask to the cup.

  • Place the mask over your nose and mouth. Make sure it fits securely and comfortably.

  • Turn on the machine.

  • Take slow, deep breaths until all the medicine is gone. This takes 10–15 minutes.

Be sure to follow directions you are given for cleaning the nebulizer and the mask.

With a Mouthpiece

  • Put the correct dose of medicine in the cup.

  • Connect one end of the tubing to the cup and the other end to the machine.

  • Attach the mouthpiece to the cup.

  • Put the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it. Keep your tongue below the mouthpiece.

  • Turn on the machine.

  • Take slow, deep breaths through the mouthpiece until all the medicine is gone. This takes 10–15 minutes.

Be sure to follow directions you are given for cleaning the nebulizer and the mouthpiece.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 1/15/2007
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