How to use a nebulizer
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When to Call the Doctor
Contact your provider or medical device supplier if you are having trouble using your nebulizer. You should also call your provider if you have any of these problems while using your nebulizer:
- Feeling that your heart is racing or pounding (palpitations)
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling very excited
These may be signs that you are getting too much medicine.
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Last reviewed on: 12/9/2022
Reviewed by: Frank D. Brodkey, MD, FCCM, Associate Professor, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.