A 55-year-old member asked:
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whats better for copd a nebulizer or an inhaler?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Equivalent: A nebulizer is used when the person is not able to use the inhaler properly. When used the proper way both deliver the right amount of medication. A nebulizer is less portable and takes more time to deliver (10 to 15 minutes), usually requires a power plug. An inhaler is very handy, fits in a pocket or a small purse. And then, there is personal preference.
Answered on Oct 7, 2013
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Patient who have mild COPD can generate a forceful inward breath and will do well with an inhaler while patients with advnaced COPD sometimes find the nebuiizer easier to use. Little children tend to do better with a nebulizer.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Depends: I hate giving a "depends" answer but this is what it is. Inhalers are convenient to use and carry. Sometimes, the patient cannot coordinate inhalations and hand activation very well and the drug is not getting to the lungs. Nebulizers require the patient to just breathe and the drug is dispersed in the "mist". Nebulizers have a high maintenance profile to prevent contamination. Good Luck
Answered on Mar 31, 2015

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