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A 30-year-old member asked:

Carbon dioxide level is high in my mother's blood & she is using bipap machine. is there any medicine for this so that she does not have to use bipap?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Inhalers & steroids: This situation typically occurs with advancing COPD or with an acute bout of respiratory failure. If the problem is related to copd, the bipap is a temporising measure while steroids and inhalers kick in. In other situations such as heart failure, different medications are used. Regardless of the cause she has to get better or she will end up on a breathing machine.
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Your mother might also have problems with obesity - in which case weight loss is the only answer, and there are no good medications for this at this time.
Jan 16, 2012
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Diamox may help. Check with her doctor.
Jan 25, 2012
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
It is commonly used in high altitude areas also. Relatively benign medication.
Jan 25, 2012
Dr. RAMESH KAUL
Pulmonary Critical Care 43 years experience
Hypercapnia: Usually chronic ventilation failure due to bad airway obstruction, respiratory muscle weakness, improper distribution of circulation in lungs or small airspace in lungs would cause this. The bipap helps in ventilation. Drugs available to help are called bronchodilators like albuteral, ipratropium nebulizers or steroids along with theophyllin and Diamox (acetazolamide) tablets given for respiratory stimulation.
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 49 years experience
Not likely: High serum co2 suggests chronic hypercarbia for which bipap is appropriate. No inhalers will dramatically improve hypercarbia over the short term. An alternative explanation for high serum co2 is severe metabolic alkalosis from vomiting or excessive diuretic use. An arterial blood gas can aid in telling the difference.
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Yes and no: There are medicines that can decrease the carbon dioxide in your mother's blood, but they will likely cause more harm than good. The bipap machine is the best thing for her, as it is likely that the carbon dioxide is high from her lungs. I know it is annoying, but it does good.
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