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Doctor insights on: Copd And Emphysema And Prednisone

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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

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 more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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What are the risks of taking prednisone and albutoral when you have copd?

What are the risks of taking prednisone and albutoral when you have copd?

Prednisone copd: Prednisone if used short term for acute exacerbations of COPD does not have too many harmful effects except it raises blood sugar and can cause gastritis and sometime bleeding from stomach.But long term use of predniosone can caue osteporosis, supresson of adrenals, weight gain, cushing syndrome, gastric bleeding and ulcer.Albuterol is short acting and safe, too much can cause low level of pattasium. ...Read more

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My COPD is flaring up, can I go ahead and take my left over prednisone?

My COPD is flaring up, can I go ahead and take my left over prednisone?

Yes and No: Prednisone is a good drug for COPD exacerbations but you should not start it unless you check with our healthcare provider first. COPD exacerbations may also require antibiotic therapy and an increase in your inhaler frequency. It is always best to check in with your doctor before starting on prednisone. ...Read more

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Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Severe COPD and emphysema.  Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Possible O2 time: The steroids only reduce inflammation. Not improve your oxygen. So possible your lung function severe enough that you may qualify for supplemental o2. Need to have your pft done to determine if your worse or not. Oxygen will improve your survival as well. Other causes maybe your developing an infection such as pneumonia as well. See your md and test your o2 while walking or at night sleeping. ...Read more

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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...Read more

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I have COPD coughing up milky phlegm im on a 69 50 40 30 20 10 prednisone taper along woth azithromycin 250x ten days. Maybe this isnt bacterial?

I have COPD coughing up milky phlegm im on a 69 50 40 30 20 10 prednisone taper along woth azithromycin 250x ten days. Maybe this isnt bacterial?

See your doctor: COPD causes sputum production and cough even in the absence of bacterial infection. This is called chronic bronchitis, and there are inhalers and other medicines which can reduce cough and sputum production. I suggest that you consult your doctor to see what else he/she can offer for symptom control. ...Read more

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My mother has AML lung disease and COPD and is taking 40mg of prednisone daily and second round of dacogen (decitabine). Why high increase in platelets: 13 to 300?

My mother has AML  lung disease and COPD and is taking 40mg of prednisone daily and second round of dacogen (decitabine). Why high increase in platelets: 13 to 300?

Possibly due to AML: Sometimes when one sees an abnormal lab level (platelets or any other lab; including drops or jumps in counts) that does not fit with the clinical picture, it may be due to lab error and require drawing a second result. The monitoring physician will interpret and decide. That said, high (OR low) platelet counts are not uncommon in AML or one of its earlier stages, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). ...Read more

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I have copd. I saw my fam dr 4 times in April & have to go back wed. I was on prednison 2 inhalers & 3 diff antibiotic. should I see a pulmonary dr?

I have copd. I saw my fam dr 4 times in April & have to go back wed. I was on prednison 2 inhalers & 3 diff antibiotic. should I see a pulmonary dr?

Reasonable: A helpful primary care physician will be happy to refer you to a Pulmonologist should you make the request. S/he may already be considering it. Lung testing is certainly in order to exclude other potential diagnoses. Good luck. ...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


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more