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Taking inhalers for emphysema once a day. How long can I take this before lungs become immune to medicine?
They usually don"t: The once daily inhaler for emphysema is spiriva, you don't become immune or cease to respond to it. The newer once daily is arcapta; it is too new for any data on this but it belongs to a class of medicines to which you body may become accustomed to. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?
No: although you may have more trouble with cough after using the inhaler. It is NOT nicotine that causes damage to the lungs, it is the other substances in tobacco smoke - "tars" are organic compunds produced by tobacco combustion, plus things like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and many other additives, flavorings, preservatives etc. I would recommend the nicotine lozenges instead to avoid cough. ...Read more
I have stage 4 emphysema and secondary polycythemia; take inhalers, weigh 86 lbs. And can't have lung transplant. Prognosis?I'm 58. Don't need 02.
I took my pro air hfa inhaler before my pulmonary function testing. Would this affect my results if I have COPD , lung damage, or other diseases ?
It would...: improve reversible airway obstruction, as in asthma. Chronic obstructive lung disease, e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchotis, fibrosis, othet, has much more of a permament, irreversible, and less reversible, component to the obstruction. Drugs like proair have less of an effect. Lack of a response is one factor in making the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 months wake up middle of night unable to breathe, pain tween shoulder blades Dr says copd but says lung x-rays are clear inhalers have not worked?
A variety: There are short acting bronchodilators like albuterol and ipatroprium. There are long acting bronchodilators like salmeterol, formoterol, indacaterol, tiotroprium, and aclidinium (which is just about to be released). There are also combination inhalers which have high potency inhaled steroids mixed with bronchodilators. Ask your doctor which is best for your situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emphysema what should I know about newer inhalers and other medicines for this.I've been on the same meds for years now.Could you please help me?
COPD: Inhaled steroids and newer combinations of steroid and long acting brochodilators are being used as are anticholinergic agents. Some inhaled steroids are more potent than others. Periodic courses of antibiotics help exacerbations. If your emphysema is not well controlled, see a pulmonary specialist. Sadly, though, there's still no cure for emphysema. Ambulatory oxygen is helpful ; needed 4 some. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Lung volume reduction surgery or lvrs is for patients with chronic emphysema. Emphysema is loss of the elasticity of the lung tissue, with ballooning or air trapping. Lvrs removes the bad lung tissue, and allows the good lung tissue to take over. Lvrs can be life saving in patients with poor function and emphysema in the upper part of the lung. Lvrs is now performed minimally invasively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Emphysema is also known as COPD. Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more
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