4) Side effects of nebulised medication

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All medications may have short lasting side effects.
The most commonly reported side effects of nebulised therapy are:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Mild tremor
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Headache

If these symptoms are a problem or persist for more than 30 minutes discuss this with your GP or practice nurse at a review meeting.

An uncommon side effect of the medications, atrovent or combivent, is glaucoma (raised pressure behind the eye). Check with your optician annually as you may not notice small changes at first. Tell the optician you are on this medication using a nebuliser.


You must contact your GP if any signs of or symptoms of this condition appear.

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea