Hypertonic saline 7 for cystic fibrosis (1038)

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For Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

What is hypertonic saline?      

This is an inhaled medicine that helps clear the airways.  It helps to thin and move mucus out of the lungs. This may also help keep your lungs healthier. The medicine tastes very salty.

How and when do I take this medicine?

Getting started 

Take your Albuterol or Xopenex® treatment 15 minutes before this therapy.
1. Wash your hands.
2. Use only a disinfected nebulizer (cup and mouthpiece).
3. Do not mix hypertonic saline with other medicines.

What side effects may occur?

This treatment may cause you to have:

These symptoms should go away in time. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms. 


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or respiratory therapist if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.