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Nebulizer mask vs mouthpiece

I would like some input on this subject as to whether your medications are less effective if you use a mask vs. using the mouthpiece.

There was one medication I am on that left me shaky and in worse shape after I took it than I was before. I decided to try a mask with that med. With the mask, I don't experience any of this shakiness and breathlessness.

For my other two meds I use the mouthpiece, but I decided to try the mask this morning for those also. The treatment is definitely so much more pleasant and relaxing with the mask, and I actually do feel better this morning than I have in days. However, I'm not ready to put that down to using the mask over mouthpiece. I've learned with this disease it's just all over the place.

I take a total of 8 treatments every day, and 9 if I have to use my albuteral. Am I sacrificing the effectiveness of the medication by using the mask?

  1. Wow, this thread has really been informative. Thank you!

    1. Hi again, @GlaceSoundRacer, and thanks for letting us know. Glad this discussion which focuses on using a mask or a mouthpiece during a nebulizer treatment was so helpful for you.

      We appreciate your feedback.

      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator COPD

  2. Hi again, @PrepCopd - glad to hear you found the resources to be helpful. I did review the entire thread - perhaps I missed them - I do not see references of links to resources.

    Can you help me? Did I miss this?

    Thanks so much,
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    1. Resources given by the moderator are really useful.

      1. I feel uncomfortable using the mask, a mouthpiece can be used instead.

        1. Hi again, Delta22, and thanks for letting us know you find it more comfortable to use a mouthpiece rather than a mask. If that is what works best for you, you should stick with it.

          We appreciate your feedback on this topic.

          All the best,
          Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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