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When to Replace Your Nebulizer Supplies

Caring for nebulizer supplies properly is necessary for treatment effectiveness, and it will help you get the maximum lifespan from your aerosol therapy system. Keep reading to learn some helpful guidance about when to replace certain parts.

Nebulizer Cups

pari-lc-plus-with-bubbles-maskCompressor systems like the PARI Vios LC Plus and PARI Vios LC Sprint come with a pair of nebulizer cups, and each is designed for six months of use. They also include the handy Timestrip feature that offers a visual indicator to let you know when it’s time to switch to a new cup.


pari-wing-tip-tubingIf your tubing is cracked or visibly worn, it should be replaced immediately. Otherwise, consult your nebulizer owner’s manual for further instructions related to the system you’re using.

Filters for Compressors and Nebulizers

pari-nebulizer-compressor-filterCompressor filters that are dirty or have become grey in color cause the unit to work harder than it should, and could make it eventually break down. To avoid that situation, look at the directions that came with your compressor to find out how often the filter should be changed.

Also, if you use a PARI LC exhalation valve and filter to take some of your medications, stock up on extra nebulizer filters so it’ll be easy to make replacements as needed.


Standard nebulizer masks for adults and children can be used for as long as six months. However, some disposable versions should be thrown away after five to seven treatments. After each use, rinse your mask by hand with warm water. Never put it into the dishwasher.

pari-bubbles-the-fish-aerosol-maskBecause plastics break down over time but may still seem to be in good condition, it’s important to follow the directions that accompany your nebulizer mask, and don’t use it for longer than instructed. Otherwise, you may unknowingly be compromising the reliability of your treatments.

Now that you know more about when to replace your nebulizer supplies, you’ll be able to get the greatest amount of use from your system. It’s also a good idea to keep some spare parts on hand so they’ll be readily available when you need them.

2 thoughts on “When to Replace Your Nebulizer Supplies”

  • Redy

    I have been trying to get a replacement cup and tubing for some time now but my pharmacist says I need a prescription and my doctor has never written one for said items. Is there a way I can get replacements without having to pay because my insurance covers it?

    • Kristy

      Your doctor should be willing to write a prescription for a "nebulizer system and supplies" that can be used by any pharmacy to get your replacement cups (the prescription does not have to be specific and once written, can be used multiple times by the same pharmacy). Usually doctors do not require a separate visit to write these types of prescription. Unfortunately, we cannot bill insurance directly for your supplies - only a pharmacy or local medical equipment supplier can do that.

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