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is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator for copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Until recently, the only otc bronchodilator available was primatene, but it has been phased out due to concerns about the propellants (cfc). It was also more appropriate for asthma than copd.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
No....: Bronchodilator inhalers effective for the treatment of COPD are prescription meds. Your doctor needs to evaluate you to be certain you have COPD and to prescribe the most effective treatments depending on disease severity. You may need pulmonary rehab as well as oxygen therapy depending on severity. Your doctor can also help w/ smoking cessation.
Answered on Apr 4, 2017
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Unsafe: Visit a lung expert. That is what they are trained for many years/.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Shysters?: Otc for COPD is weird. It seems that there are companies who want to make money with unsafe and inappropriate medications. Better to visit a lung expert.
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
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Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Yes, but.....: There is an over-the-counter rescue inhaler but I would recommend against it at this time. Your medication therapy should be prescribed and monitored by your physician. If you purchase over the counter meds, it is difficult to keep a check on your progress. Talk everything over with your physician Good Luck.
Answered on Apr 1, 2015

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