Nebuliser therapy is the inhalation of a drug directly to the lungs. A nebuliser is a device that turns liquid medication into a fine mist or spray by blowing air through it. This will allow the medicine to be delivered directly into your lungs, where it can be absorbed more rapidly and more effectively than using an inhaler.
The medication used in nebuliser therapy uses a much higher dose than your ordinary inhalers.
How do I get home nebuliser therapy?
You will need to be assessed by a GP or respiratory specialist to see if you would benefit from nebuliser therapy. After your assessment, a prescription for your medicine will be made, and the specialist nurse will place an order with us for your nebuliser equipment.
Upon receiving an order, we will deliver and install the equipment in your home.
To get your medication, you should take your prescription to your local pharmacist.
What kind of medicine is used?
Medicines that are inhaled as a liquid or vapour to ensure they enter the lungs.
Your clinician may refer to these as relievers, bronchodilators, preventers, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medicines. Your clinician will also inform you when you should take these medications, how frequently and in the order they should be taken, if appropriate.
Always follow the directions of your clinician when nebulising any medication.
If you notice any side effects from your nebuliser therapy, you should inform your clinician as soon as possible. If you are worried, contact the Accident and Emergency department of a nearby hospital if you cannot contact your usual clinician.
To reduce the side effects of nebuliser therapy, the mouth should be rinsed out and face washed after every treatment. If you experience ongoing problems, you should contact your GP or respiratory specialist. Click here for information on cleaning your nebuliser equipment.