A 40-year-old member asked:
is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator that i can use for my copd?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Steven Machtinger answered
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Primatene tablets: Primatene tablets contain Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) 12 mg and guiafenesin. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) aka ma huang has been used in china for thousands of years as an effective bronchodilator, primarily for asthma. There are far better & safer prescription medications for asthma & copd. But for persons without insurance this is the only otc drug. Persons with hypertension or heart disease should use this with extreme caution.
Answered on Aug 15, 2020
Dr. Sue Ferranti answered
28 years experience Internal Medicine
No...: Bronchodilators for COPD are prescription inhalers as well as steroid inhalers, which are also typically prescribed for the treatment of copd. See your doctor so these inhalers can be prescribed.
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
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