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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Can asthma inhalers help non-asthmatics breath better by relaxing muscles?

Can asthma inhalers help non-asthmatics breath better by relaxing muscles?

Not a good idea: If your lungs are normal, they maintain the appropriate balance of keeping your small airways open/closed.The mechanism is designed to keep toxic fumes/materials out of sensitive endpoints in the lung.When used without need, they increase your hearts work /rate & saturate the lungs sensors.Overstimulation can make these sensors less reliable.Any med strong enough to do good can do the opposite ...Read more

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Bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd) affects breathing out during expiration, but not breathing in during inspiration, how come?

Bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd) affects breathing out during expiration, but not breathing in during inspiration, how come?

Dynamic collapse: This is a fancy term of when airway pressure is more on the outside of your airways and collapses as you exhale. This pressure difference happens at different stages of exhalation in copd. With asthma there is narrowing of your airways from inflammation so this constricts the diameter and makes this worse. All due to airway pressure and "equal pressure point". Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13. Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13.  Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

More therapy: You should avoid poor environmental conditions. You need maintenance therapy with aa laba/ics like advair which is quite safe with minor intolerance such as hoarseness. You also need a lama like spiriva or tudorza to improvee airflow. Lastly you need pulm rehab. ...Read more

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Smoker with anxiety symptoms. Cough mucus short of breath. Heard quitting causes shortness of breath. I ALREADY can't breathe. Nervous to try.

Smoker with anxiety symptoms. Cough mucus short of breath. Heard quitting causes shortness of breath. I ALREADY can't breathe. Nervous to try.

You can quit: There's a rarely mentioned fact I know: The smoking breath pattern - In, Hold, Exhale (fully, slowly) thru lips - is very, very good for you. That pattern alone can lower BP (for awhile) and makes you feel really good. When smokers quit, they lose this advantage. Some of the distress is due to this. You can win by continuing to do the breath pattern w/out the cigarette! 'Smoke' w/out cigarettes! ...Read more

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What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

Dangerous: Drinking alcohol while taking Ativan (lorazepam) may increase your risk of certain Ativan (lorazepam) side effects, such as: drowsiness dizziness problems with coordination unusual behavior memory problems. It may also slow both the heart and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death. ...Read more

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Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Would never happen: Carbon monoxide has strong affinity to the hemoglobin and its diffusibility through membrane is high. Before any other condition like asthma, COPD can occur from it, a person is dead. There will be no study to prove that. ...Read more

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Gad, bingeed. W/ therap, realized binge to deaden unbearable adrenaline, when breathing, medita. Not work. Other non-med ways to subdue adrenaline?

Gad, bingeed. W/ therap, realized binge to deaden unbearable adrenaline, when breathing, medita. Not work. Other non-med ways to subdue adrenaline?

What to do:: There are a # of ways to address your adrenailine release/ anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. Have you been checked to rule out medical causes for adrenaline release? ...Read more

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Whats worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

Whats worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

Depends.: All the above are potentially toxic to the liver in high doses and long term use. Valerian use is generally safe in the short term and both Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol are generally safe when taken sparingly and also for a short term. When you do take them, your doctor can monitor the effect on your liver. ...Read more

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I'm taking 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) twice daily..Causing breathing problems ....Lungs fine...No asthma. Any reasons why this would be?

I'm taking 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) twice daily..Causing breathing problems ....Lungs fine...No asthma. Any reasons why this would be?

Klonopin (clonazepam): What kind of breathing problems are you having? Klonopin (clonazepam) is sedating, but it doesn't usually depress respiration at the dose you're taking. However, 1mg twice daily is enough to habituate you fairly quickly -- meaning withdrawal symptoms will result from sudden decreases in dose. Anxiety can cause rapid breathing and sensations of breathlessness also. Please discuss concerns with your doc. ...Read more

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Do breathing exercises aid with panic attacks?

Do breathing exercises aid with panic attacks?

Panic attacks: Often involve over-breathing or hyperventilation. Slow, abdominal breathing can be helpful to manage an attack. It's best to practice breathing and other relaxation techniques when you are not having a panic attack, just as it's best to learn to swim before you fall out of a boat. ...Read more

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4monthcough keeps getting worse. Pain, shortness of breath On ventolin flovent zyrtec and singulair (montelukast) not helping lungs burn when breathing no smoking?

4monthcough keeps getting worse. Pain, shortness of breath On ventolin flovent zyrtec and singulair (montelukast) not helping lungs burn when breathing no smoking?

Something not right.: If you are already under the care of a B/C allergist, then you need to get a second opinion or get to the nearest university allergy department. If not, you need to see one now. Not all SOB is from asthma. ...Read more

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Alcoholic: some symptoms: puffy face, beer gut (or ascites), snoring, heartburn, rapid short breaths while sleeping, dehydration on tues after weekend?

Alcoholic: some symptoms: puffy face, beer gut (or ascites), snoring, heartburn, rapid short breaths while sleeping, dehydration on tues after weekend?

Need better eval: Alcoholics can develop cirrhosis which can impede blood flow back to the heart, cause fluid to accumulate in the lower part of the body including the abdomen, can cause malnutrition, can cause insult to the kidney and can impede lung function and steroid metabolism causing rapid breathing and alkalosis. All these have to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Have asthma & allergies. On advair & albuterol. Smoke from fires in state & surrounding. Daily/nightly can't breathe. Wake up wheezing can't sleep, do?

Have asthma & allergies. On advair & albuterol. Smoke from fires in state & surrounding. Daily/nightly can't breathe. Wake up wheezing can't sleep, do?

Need steroids: See your doctor today. It is miserable to be in this situation with asthma. Please contact your family doctor immediately. If you can't get into see your family doctor then go to a walk-in clinic or if necessary the emergency room to make it through the weekend. Will likely be given steroids but there may be other options they have available for you as well. You should all help you breathe better. Best wishes to you and i hope you can breathe better soon. ...Read more

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I woke up with racing heart, short of breath 9/12 . Asthma 1st time in life. Advair 500/50, ventolin. How to soothe irritated throat & chest?

I woke up with racing heart, short of breath 9/12 . Asthma 1st time in life.  Advair 500/50, ventolin. How to soothe irritated throat & chest?

Heart racing: Not sure about the timing of your events, but heart racing can be secondary to both inhalers, ventolin and advair. Shortness of breath is from asthma. Depending on when your palpitations started, if they occurred after starting the inhalers, ask your doctor for xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler, it may be better tolerated and has the same effect as ventolin. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more