Jet Nebulizer FAQs


If you have questions about jet nebulizers and how children with asthma can benefit from using them, take a look at the questions and answers below. If you have any additional questions about using a jet nebulizer, talk to your child’s pediatrician.

Q. What is a jet nebulizer?

A. A jet nebulizer is a machine that turns certain liquid medicines into a fine mist that your child simply breathes in through a face mask or mouthpiece. And it delivers the medicine straight to your child’s lungs, where it is needed.

Q. What types of nebulizers are there?

A. There are two main types of nebulizers: jet nebulizers and ultrasonic nebulizers. Keep in mind, PULMICORT RESPULES should ONLY be used with a jet nebulizer.

Jet nebulizers use a compressor to move a pressurized stream of air down a narrow tube and through an opening. This creates a vacuum that pushes the medicine out of the nebulizer.

PARI JET PLUS® Nebulizers and PARI MASTER® Compressors were used in controlled clinical studies. Although PULMICORT RESPULES has been used in other jet nebulizers, the safety and efficacy of PULMICORT RESPULES have not been established using those systems.

Q. How do I use a jet nebulizer?

A. Before using PULMICORT RESPULES, read all of the instructions. If you have any questions about how the nebulizer or compressor works, contact the manufacturer. For more information, go to How to Use a Nebulizer.

Q. How do I care for my jet nebulizer?

A. Regular care of the nebulizer system is very important. To maintain proper operation, it is recommended that you clean and store your nebulizer system according to the manufacturer's instructions. It is important to note that different nebulizer systems may require different cleaning procedures.

If the manufacturer specifies that certain nebulizer parts (nebulizer cup, face mask, or mouthpiece) are dishwasher safe, place them in a dishwasher-safe basket (such as a baby bottle-washing basket) and put the basket on the top rack of the dishwasher. You may also wash them by hand.

If you are washing by hand, wash the nebulizer parts (nebulizer cup, face mask, or mouthpiece) with warm water and dish soap. Rinse the parts using warm water, and then shake the extra water out. After washing by hand, place the parts on a clean cloth or paper towel to air-dry, or hand-dry with a lint-free cloth.

Note: Not all nebulizer parts are dishwasher safe.

Q. Can PULMICORT RESPULES be used in any type of nebulizer?

A. No. PULMICORT RESPULES can be used only in jet nebulizers.

Q. Can multiple nebulized medicines be combined with

A. No. The effects of PULMICORT RESPULES when mixed with other nebulized medications has not been adequately assessed. PULMICORT RESPULES should be given on its own in the nebulizer.

Q. How often does my child need to use a jet nebulizer?

A. When used as directed, PULMICORT RESPULES is a long-term controller (preventive) medicine that is used once or sometimes twice daily as directed by your health care provider. Based on your preferences, the jet nebulizer can fit into your daily routine in the morning or the evening.

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Important Safety Information

PULMICORT RESPULES is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If your child is switching to PULMICORT RESPULES from an oral corticosteroid, follow the doctor's instructions to avoid serious health risks when your child stops using oral corticosteroids.

Only use PULMICORT RESPULES with a jet nebulizer machine that is connected to an air compressor. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer.

Thrush infection of the mouth and throat may occur with PULMICORT RESPULES.

Avoid exposure of your child to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if your child is exposed.

Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.

PULMICORT RESPULES should not be used if your child is allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients.

Be sure to tell the healthcare provider about all your child's health conditions and all medicines he or she may be taking.

As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT RESPULES, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT RESPULES should be stopped and your physician consulted.

The most common side effects include respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, ear infection, viral infection, thrush in the mouth and throat, inflammation of the stomach including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, nose bleed, pink eye, and rash.

Approved Use

PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

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This product information is intended for US consumers only.

PULMICORT RESPULES is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

PARI JET PLUS Nebulizer and PARI MASTER Compressor are registered trademarks of PARI Respiratory Equipment, Inc.

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