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Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Yes and no: Be sure the over the counter product does not contain antihistamines which can dry secretions and possibibly make secretions more tenacious. Ask your physician or pharmacist before using such products. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Copd (Definition)

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


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Constant need take deep breath, rattle/weeze, always yawn(unsuccessful), brownish balls of mucus when cough, tired, smoker scared! tryin to qt copd?

Constant need take deep breath, rattle/weeze, always yawn(unsuccessful), brownish balls of mucus when cough, tired, smoker scared! tryin to qt copd?

Could be: But it's easy to be evaluated. A history, physical examination, chest xray and pulmonary function tests (breathing into a spirometer which measures your ability to breathe) will determine if there is COPD and its extent. There are a variety of very effective treatments, but absolutely key is what you already know. You must quit smoking. There are a variety of new methods for smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Green sputum: greenish sputum in a patient with COPD does not mean infection , taking antibiotic unnecessarily is not advisable, see a doctor for evaluation ( clear, greenish, yellowish sputum is common in COPD) ...Read more

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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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About five days ago I developed a cough with mucus. I was a mild smoker for 10 years I just quit about a month ago and I'm wondering at 39 COPD?

About five days ago I developed a cough with mucus. I was a mild smoker for 10 years I just quit about a month ago and I'm wondering at 39 COPD?

Not my first thought: It is typical for mucus production to increase for a period of time after one quits smoking. The lining of the airway has cells with motorized hair-like bodies called cilia that are damaged by smoke inhalation. As they begin to "wake up" more mucus is mobilized. Minor viral infections will also transiently cause productive cough. That said, 39 is not too young for copd. ...Read more

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How can cough be avoided in patients with copd? Is antibiotics the first line of treatment each time there is a cough?

How can cough be avoided in patients with copd?  Is antibiotics the first line of treatment each time there is a cough?

One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler, etc. Antibiotics are used often and early for acute exacerbation of COPD because of the propensity of this patient population to develop subsequent pneumonia. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...Read more

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I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: is an obstructive airway disease. there is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, ( even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Can we rule out COPD if there is no cough at all. Mucus actually comes frm nose. But shortness of breath n slight chest discomfort. Had chest infectio?

Can we rule out COPD if there is no cough at all. Mucus actually comes frm nose. But shortness of breath n slight chest discomfort. Had chest infectio?

No...: There does not have to be a cough with copd. Symptoms vary but generally include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough. Some patients will also have weight loss. Shortness of breath can be at rest or just with exercise. See your doctor so this diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you are smoking, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason.ocassionally cough white clear mucus.doc says acid reflux.can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason.ocassionally cough white clear mucus.doc says acid reflux.can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Cardiac or lung: 26 year old man with shortness of breath could be anything from anxiety to pulmonary or even cardiac condition. It is important to be seen by your doctor who will ask you several questions regarding the situation that provoked the shortness or breath and other associated symptoms and will examine your heart and lungs and may recommend EKG as well as breathing test to narrow the diagnosis ...Read more

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Have a bad cold, taking OTC cough meds, 4hrs as directed, its gettin better but am havin bad diarrhea! Taking Benylin (dextromethorphan) mucus & Night nurse.Side effect?

Have a bad cold, taking OTC cough meds, 4hrs as directed, its gettin better but am havin bad diarrhea! Taking Benylin (dextromethorphan) mucus & Night nurse.Side effect?

Peroxide Humidifier: Do you have a cool mist humidifier? Fill it with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That will give you a 1% aerosolized mist of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide kills the bugs on contact (virus or bacteria) as you breath in the mist, and breaks down into water and oxygen. You should feel better in a day or two. ...Read more

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Think I have bronchitis coughing up Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

Think I have bronchitis coughing up
Mucus for forever cuz I smoke pot. Dislocated knee exercising so can't walk. Should I take cough medicine?

See doc: Sounds like you should see the doctor for the bronchitis and the knee. You should also stop that pot smoking. Not good for your long term health ...Read more

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I have a cold with lots of mucous. I'm coughing a lot. My BP has elevated since i started taking herbal cough medicine or could it be the cold?

I have a cold with lots of mucous. I'm coughing a lot. My BP has elevated since i started taking  herbal cough medicine or could it be the cold?

Bp : Your blood pressure could be driven up by the herbal medicine, the cold could conceivably do it too. After the cold is resolved be sure to make sure the pressure has returned to normal. If not you may need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug. ?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug. ?

High pulse rate: or tachycardia could be caused by Albuterol inhalation. If so, you may change this to Ipratropium and/or inhaled steroids. Please discuss with your provider the side effects of your medications. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with ..Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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If I coughed up mucus could I possibly have copd?

If I coughed up mucus could I possibly have copd?

No: COPD is diagnosed based on symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and tests (xrays and lung function tests). If you have a chronic cough and are a smoker you should get evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Went from smoking pack a day to 3 times a day. Now coughing mucus in morning burning lungs. Pft normal last yr. copd? 10 pack yr history.

COPD: This is the time of the year when viral infections including the influenza infection are prevalent. So, it is possible that you may be experiencing one of those infections, which can give you these symptoms. See and physician and get evaluated ...Read more

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I experienci feverHave been coughing 24/7 , Severe pain in lower gums, taken cough medicine,cough syrup -not working.fever on/off. clear mucus bubble?

I experienci  feverHave been coughing 24/7 , Severe pain in lower gums, taken cough medicine,cough syrup -not working.fever on/off. clear mucus bubble?

Maybe pneumonia: This is concerning because of the fever and persistent coughing. I'm not sure about what's happening in your gums but at any rate you should be seen in probably have chest x-ray. ...Read more

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My husband has chronic COPD and Emphyzema he is coughing up green mucus went to ER they claim it's a COPD flare up gave him z pak and steroids.

My husband has chronic COPD and Emphyzema he is coughing up green mucus went to ER they claim it's a COPD flare up gave him z pak and steroids.

Bronchitis: The treatment is appropriate for acute bronchitis superimposed on COPD. If symptoms don't show improvement, a sputum culture should be done and a switch to a more potent antibiotic. Watch for fever,chills, increasing shortness of breath, wheezing and, if these occur, take him back to the hospital emergency room. ...Read more

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Mom x-rayed for bad viral cough. Rad said saw large mass RUL, COPD and bronchitis. ER rx'd meds. How soon to wait to see pulmonary re mass? No smoker

Mom x-rayed for bad viral cough. Rad said saw large mass RUL, COPD and bronchitis.  ER rx'd meds. How soon to wait to see pulmonary re mass? No smoker

Follow up: I would suggest a follow up with Pulmonary. They will obtain a CT scan and samples will be sent to Pathology and Microbiology. She should have a TB test as part of the evaluation. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more