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Using a Nebulizer (Adult)

Woman inhaling medication through nebulizer facemask on face.

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.

With a mask

  • Put the correct dose of medicine in the cup. Attach the top as directed.

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

  • Attach the mask to the cup.

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

  • Turn on the nebulizer.

  • Take slow, deep breaths, keeping the nebulizer upright, 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

Woman inhaling medication from nebulizer with mouthpiece.

  • Put the correct dose of medicine in the cup. Attach the top as directed.

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

  • 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 nebulizer.

  • Take slow, deep breaths through the mouthpiece, keeping the nebulizer upright, 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.

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