Inhalers and Nebulizers

Inhalers and Nebulizers

Making metered-dose inhalers more environmentally friendly

Although some metered-dose inhalers still use chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) to propel the medication directly into the lungs, most inhalers have been replaced with devices that do not use CFC. CFC, although safe for the person to inhale, is known to damage the earth's ozone layer -- a shield that protects the earth against harmful sun rays. Other devices that previously used CFC, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, have already been changed to non-CFC alternatives.

Several types of inhalation devices, or inhalers, are used in the treatment of asthma or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, such as emphysema. Inhalers are often effective in delivering medication directly to the lungs with fewer side effects than medication taken by mouth or injection. There are several types of inhalers. The type of inhaler will vary, depending on your medical history, preference, and the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Inhalers can contain anti-inflammatory medications or bronchodilator medications. The most common types of inhalers are:

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