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Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator for copd?

Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator for copd?

No: Until recently, the only otc bronchodilator available was primatene, but it has been phased out due to concerns about the propellants (cfc). It was also more appropriate for asthma than copd. ...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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Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator that I can use for my copd?

Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator that I can use for my copd?

No...: Bronchodilators for COPD are prescription inhalers as well as steroid inhalers, which are also typically prescribed for the treatment of copd. See your doctor so these inhalers can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Steroid tappering related to dose or duration of use? Imean if i give COPD pt IV 200mg steroid single dose when he not respond to bronchodilator

Steroid tappering  related to dose or duration of use? Imean  if i give COPD pt IV 200mg steroid single dose  when he not respond to bronchodilator

Both: The first step is to decide how much steroid is needed to treat the problem and help the symptoms. A single dose of steroids does not require tapering. The general rule is over 20mg for over 2 weeks should be tapered. Stopping suddenly after this point might be OK but runs the risk of a life threatening problem. ...Read more

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50 yr. Old non-smoker, w/ COPD exacerbation of 1+ year. Pulmonologist informed me spirometer reading was 22%, but increased to 37% after the bronchodilator. Any reasonable expectation of improvement?

50 yr. Old non-smoker, w/ COPD exacerbation of 1+ year. Pulmonologist informed me spirometer reading was 22%, but increased to 37% after the bronchodilator. Any reasonable expectation of improvement?

Diagnosis??: If you have never smoked, and spirometry shows obstruction that improves with bronchodilator therapy, you may have asthma and not copd. If you do have copd, that means there is irreversible airway obstruction that is treatable but not curable so, over time, it will worsen. If you have COPD and never smoked, get tested for alpha1 anti trypsin deficiency, a form if COPD with a different treatment. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to purchase a bronchodilator inhaler in Canada or can I buy it over the counter. If yes, is a walk-in clinic alright?

Do I need a prescription to purchase a bronchodilator inhaler in Canada or can I buy it over the counter. If yes, is a walk-in clinic alright?

Yes: you need a prescription, and walk-in clinic can help, your best bet though is to have a regular doctor, and later an asthma specialist if need be, good luck ...Read more

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Is OTC bronchodilator pill ok to take?

Is OTC bronchodilator pill ok to take?

Shysters?: Many companies appear to want to make money. Unsafe and inappropriate. Lung specialist consultation is best/. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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How do short acting bronchodilators function?

How do short acting bronchodilators function?

Relax smooth muscle: Saba (short acting beta-2 adrenergic agonist) work by activation of this beta-2 receptor on the smooth muscles that wrap around the small and medium airways in the lungs leading to relaxation and thus bronchodilation (opening up of narrowed airways as seen in asthma). ...Read more

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Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Better control: Asthma is inflammation and bronchospasm (as well as mucus production) so a product that treats inflammation and one that treats the muscle spasm addresses the major components of asthma. It is more convenient to use one inhaler vs. Two, thus the combination inhalers for asthma. ...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


Bronchodilator (Definition)

A bronchodilator opens airways by loosening the smooth muscle surrounding the airways. There are short and long acting bronchodilators that work ...Read more