Have nebulizers been shown to be more effective than metered dose inhalers (MDIs) in the management of acute asthma?

Updated: Jan 07, 2019
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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A study by Dhuper et al found no evidence that nebulizers were more effective than MDI/spacer beta agonist delivery in emergency management of acute asthma in an inner-city adult population. [98] Thus, because they are more cost effective, MDI/spacer may be a better alternative to nebulizer delivery for some individuals.


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