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COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
NO: Singulair ( montelukast ) in indicated for asthma prophylaxis and chronic treatment, for seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis, for prevention of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. There is no indication to use in COPD - different mechanism of the disease. If you have allergic rhinitis which worsen your COPD symptoms - probably it could be beneficial. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Father suffering from pulmonary fibrosis having cough and short breathing during cough. Is there any medication for pulmonary fibros.
I have pulmonary fibrosis from smoking I've smoked since age 11, are there any psychotropic meds that can benefit the lungs?
Not to my knowledge: To my knowledge, psychotropic medications (for depression, bipolar mania, etc.) have no effect on lung function. They are designed to affect the nerve cells / in the central nervous system, & can have neurologic side effects that then affect other parts of the body (dry mouth, etc). There may be individual drugs with adverse lung effects, but nothing benefits. I feel for you: IPF is a tough diseas ...Read more
Piece of Puzzle...: A pulmonary function test alone cannot tell a doctor if you have asthma. This test can be very useful but is used in conjunction with other important information including a detailed past medical history and physical exam. Both subjective and objective measures are used to determine if you have asthma or any other respiratory disease. ...Read more
Probably not: Steroids might worsen diabetes, and inhaled steroids are sometimes used for asthma. It's possible that if you are prescribed inhaled steroids for your asthma, that it would worsen blood sugars and glycemic control, but more commonly fast acting inhalers (like albuterol) are used before exercise to control diabetes and these should not worsen diabetes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prmatene tabs: These may be available behind the counter, but the really good meds need a prescription. See your family doctor or consult an allergist. ...Read more
Unclear: Not enough information available yet, but why take the chance? There is no benefit and plenty of risk associated with putting any smoke in your lungs when you don't have to. Most smoke of any kind contains irritants and potential carcinogens so it becomes a matter of how much for how long to determine risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If asthma is caused: by an environmental exposure (respiratory irritants including tobacco smoke), it may be "cured" by eliminating that exposure. Sometimes it goes away on its own. Sometimes it occurs only intermittently. Usually, however, in adults, it's a treatable but not curable condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: Tried and true strategies: if you are smoking quit smoking, nothing else will do you more good than quitting. Moderate exercise, 20 to 30 minutes a day, 4 or 5 days a week. Increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are no proven herbal remedies. Avoid aromatherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy/rehab: The problem with COPD and recurrent lung infections is that the lungs are damaged and abnormal. The best thing to do naturally is to exercise them and improve breathing techniques. Some people go to something like yoga breathing but there are excellent formal pulmonary rehabilitation treatments (typically 8-12 weeks long) that can be extremely helpful. Cough techniques to clear secretions ... ...Read more
Not yet: Unfortunately, no effective treatment for ipf is known. Currently, using n-acetyl- cysteine and possibly an experimental drug called perfenidone may be of benefit; they are not cures or even effective at reversing or arresting progression of disease. ...Read more
No, but don't help: Benzos won't exacerbate the underlying medical condition, but because they tend to cause suppression of the respiratory center in the brain, they can make it harder for your body to respond optimally to it's internal compensatory mechanisms as well as to to medications. ...Read more
Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?
Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more