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Anyone Tried the Omron Nebuliser?

My local Boots are flogging an Omron Nebuliser at a decent discount sale price.

Been thinking for a while that I ought to have a Nebuliser at home (just in case I hit a bad patch that takes more to cope with than inhalers and Oral Steroids which are all I currently keep at hand).

Wondered if anyone has used this brand, or if there’s one or two ‘key features’ I need to check it supports / covers.

Should have made note of the model number, I guess, but didn’t.

Do all Nebulisers allow for Saline use too?

Thanks in advance for any info.

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I don’t know about different nebulisers but without agreement from your doctor you won’t be able to get anything to use in it other than saline (which all nebulisers will allow you to use).

But it’s very difficult to get the prescription in the UK as there is evidence that they can do more harm than good and a lot of places really aren’t keen on them!

A lot of teams will reserve them for people either with other conditions alongside their asthma or those who basically would never be out of hospital without one (I’m often in about every 4 weeks and my team won’t prescribe them for me!)

So it’s probably worth seeing if you would be able to get the prescription first before spending the money on one :)

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Great point. Will do as you suggest. Thanks

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I have two omron nebulisers , one at home and one at my partners home I find them very good

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Cheers

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I have one & it’s excellent. It comes in a carry case, is quite compact & would be easy to take on trips away with you.

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Thank you.

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Cheers

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I haven’t tried Omron but I use a Philips Respironics neb at home and Pari E-flow Rapid when I’m out. I agree about the meds. Check it out with dr first. Yes all nebs allow for saline.

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Thank you. Appreciated.

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I have one no problems bought it online at evergreen I think that's what it was called and got vat off. Check prices online before you buy Most vat free and you could ask in boots too. Handy to have, mine taken everywhere for a just in case. Can use any nebulised medication plus saline. I have tecently bought a had held battery one aswell that you can put in your pocket for a just incase holiday. Research and read reviews as can be pricey 😊

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Thanks for that. Which hand-held brand, another Omron? Don’t suppose you’ve had the hand-held one long enough to ‘rate’ it yet?

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Hi bought it online from healthcare world for under £40 its called portable mesh mini neb it's handy but not as powerful as plug in nebuliser. You plug it in to computer etc to charge but haven't charged it yet, I have used it more than my omron this winter but have had only about 10-15 nebulisers in total since November it's small and convieient. My gp won't give me many nebulisers so I ration myself If I had to choose it would be the omron Have a look at them and if I can help let me know.😊

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Just a quick note of caution when buying any neb for saline...

Please don’t get confused between hypertonic saline (6-7% solution) and normal saline ( 0.9% solution) .. they are two different drugs and are used for different purposes... Not all nebs are able to deal with the viscosity of hypertonic saline.. so please be careful and check the compatibility carefully if that’s your need.

Sorry to interfere but I think some people are getting confused with this and it’s quite an important point.

Hope you get sorted soon!

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That’s very true. It’s one reason I have the Pari E-flow Rapid portable neb. I nebulise steroids, hypertonic saline and at times antibiotics which most little portable nebs don’t do well at. Same with heavy use.

I am pretty sure all nebs will do normal saline though?

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Advice is appreciated. Thank you. Was meaning to check with you something about your Azithromycin experience. By what, if any, degree did Azithromycin reduce any Oral Steroid Use?

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It did/ does reduce my pred usage in so far as it prevents me from getting as many infections so I therefore don’t use as much for this purpose.

In terms of pure asthma alone I think it does lower my inflammation levels so I don’t need to use maintenance pred most of the time.

That said.. I do use pretty high doses of various inhaled steroids and several other asthma meds too.. so I think that they all have their role to play in keeping the pred at bay sometimes!! It may not just be the azith...

However I would say that it has been massively helpful for me personally.. please bear in mind though that it may not suit everyone??

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Thanks again. Do you rate ‘Saline on it’s own’ via Nebuliser as a symptom reducer?

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Yes I do.....however I have only ever nebbed hypertonic (6%) saline not normal (0.9%) saline so I have no experience as to whether that would help or not I’m afraid.

I was prescribed the hypertonic saline by my cons as I have mucus problems and it really helps to cough up the gunk and keep my airways hydrated. It is a little unusual for asthmatics to be prescribed saline - as I mentioned earlier it can irritate some people’s asthma. However I use salbutamol if necs to alleviate this and am fine.

This treatment is usually recommended for people with bronchiectasis I think but I def don’t have this... just asthma!

So I think it’s a case of finding out (along with your medical team..)what works best for you and your symptoms.

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Thanks again. Much appreciated. Might start a new post on nebulised saline-only to find out how many others think it’s useful, how often they do it when they’re poorly and what the benefit theory behind it is.

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