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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 have moderate copd. I don't have trouble breathing. Would inhalers strengthen my lungs, or wait untill I need them?
Maybe not: many COPDers do not use inhalers except when they have an attack. A better suggestion would be lung exercises. This would "build" up your tolerance to walking and other exertions. Talk to your physician about a good program or contact the american lung association. Good Luck ...Read more
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
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 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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