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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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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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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 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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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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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?

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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Have a bad cold, taking OTC cough meds, 4hrs as directed, its gettin better but am havin bad diarrhea! Taking Benylin 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 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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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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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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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


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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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