Inhalers Versus Nebulizers, The Key Differences

In theory, both inhalers and nebulizers should deliver the same dosage of medication. But getting a good treatment and the correct dose of medication with an inhaler is largely dependent on the user’s technique.

Misusing an inhaler may prevent the medication from being deposited into the lungs. It may also increase the side effects. Unfortunately, many people do not use their inhaler correctly. Common mistakes include forgetting to prime the inhaler, not using a spacer with an MDI, and inhaling too slowly or too fast.

It’s also important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a nebulizer. But a nebulizer is very user-friendly. Typically, fewer mistakes are made using a nebulizer. For instance, a nebulizer is not dependent on inhalation technique as much as an inhaler.

Another advantage of using a nebulizer is it allows for a passive treatment. There are instances when a person is too sleepy or weak to use an inhaler correctly. A nebulizer with a mask can be used even if a person is asleep or you are giving a treatment to a young child.

In the past, nebulizers usually required an AC power source, which made them less convenient than an inhaler. But today’s nebulizers are available in battery operated models. Small, portable nebulizers are also available that fit in your pocket and can go anywhere.  

Portable Nebulizers Vs. Tabletop Nebulizers - Which is Best for Me?

There are two types of nebulizer available for consumers, table top or portable nebulizes. Table top nebulizers are heavy and they are not meant to be carried around. They need an electric outlet for operation. Portable nebulizers on the other hand can be carried around easily and are light weight devices. Portable nebulizers offer many benefits compared to table top nebulizers.

Nebulizer Machine: Setup, Uses, Costs and Everything You Need To Know

A nebulizer is a breathing device used in the management of respiratory diseases such as Asthma, chronic obstructive lung/pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and a few other lung conditions. A nebulizer machine delivers medication in the form of vapors or mist which is inhaled by the patient, typically through a mouthpiece. It is often used when the usually prescribed inhalers are difficult to use or become ineffective for the patient. A nebulizer provides the drug with lesser effort and is the treatment of choice when the condition of the patient is worsening.