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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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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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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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Dad has copd and I'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? He says he's having a hard time breathing. Already on oxygen.

Dad has copd and I'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? He says he's having a hard time breathing. Already on oxygen.

No: Inhalers for respiratory distress are prescription items and are to be used according to strict instructions. If he's experiencing significant shortness of breath and is also on nasal oxygen therapy, he needs evaluation and treatment by a qualified physician or pulmonologist. Otherwise dire consequences will occur if his condition continues to worsen. I recommend going to the emergency room now. ...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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Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler?

Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler?

Likely: There are different types of inhalers for asthma. The most common types are albuterol (which is a bronchodilator) and inhaled steroids (which are not bronchodilators). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of my bronchodilator medicine?

What are the side effects of my bronchodilator medicine?

Bronchodilators: The usual bronchodilators often causes some anxiety or jittery side effects, but a new form has less side effects (xopenex). Use of corticosteroid inhalers and longer acting bronchodilators is becoming more common to reduce the use, and thus side effects, of the standard bronchodilator albuterol. Other medications are also available to reduce the use of albuterol. ...Read more

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Can bronchodilators cause tachycardia?

Can bronchodilators cause tachycardia?

Medication SEs: Yes. Of course. This side effect is probably number one on the list that comes with your prescription. ...Read more

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Loratidine 10 mg and bronchodilator ok to take together?

Loratidine 10 mg and bronchodilator ok to take together?

Yes: And often prescribed to use both. Bronchdilators help open the airways and loratidine helps blocks the allergic response. ...Read more

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Before albuterol what were the most commonly used bronchodilators?

Before albuterol what were the most commonly used bronchodilators?

Racemic epinephrine: Once upon a time (1980) albuterol was called a long-acting bronchodilator because its effects lasted for up to 6 hours. Earlier drugs were not as good. Alupent (metaproterenol) last 3-4 hours, isoetherane 1 hour, Epinephrine 20 minutes. Theophylline, an oral bronchodilator, lasted 1-2 hours in non time-release tablets. These other drugs caused tremor, arrhythmias, and stomach upset. Albuterol was a great advance. ...Read more

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Why does a bronchodilator exaggerate tachycardia?

Why does a bronchodilator exaggerate tachycardia?

Many effects: Remember that many bronchodilating medications work by stimulating certain receptors in the lung. But, these receptors are located elsewhere to, and have different effects when located in different organ systems. So while these meds may dilate the smooth muscle of the lungs, they can lead to increased heart rate when acting on the receptors around the heart. ...Read more

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Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler for asthma?

Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler for asthma?

Some...: Common medicines in inhalers to treat asthma include bronchodilator as well as steroid inhalers. ...Read more

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Which to give first for asthma--bronchodilator or corticosteroids?

Which to give first for asthma--bronchodilator or corticosteroids?

Depends: The 2 medications you mention work very differently. For rescue therapy during an acute exacerbation with cough, wheeze, & trouble breathing, a bronchodilator is the right choice. However, if your asthma symptoms are more persistent, corticosteroids are a great choice to achieve symptomatic control. There are also times when you take the 2 together. Discuss with your doctor wha's best for you. ...Read more

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What is spirometry with bronchodilators and what info does it tell you?

What is spirometry with bronchodilators and what info does it tell you?

Asthma lung function: Spirometry measures how well & how quickly you can fill & empty your lungs. When asthma is present you may not be able to empty your lungs as fast as usual. This is easily recorded using a spirometer. After the initial test you are given a bronchodilator & the test is repeated. An improvement of 12% of more is considered evidence of "reversible bronchospasm" and consistent with asthma. ...Read more

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What if bronchodilator is not working for me?

What if bronchodilator is not working for me?

See your doctor: Bronchodilators may cease to have an effect for a number of reasons - poor technique, expired medication, or most importantly, worsening underlying disease. See your doctor right away and have them meaure your lung function before and after you use a bronchodilator to truly see if it is "working" or not. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if bronchodilators can make you chubby?

Wanted to know if bronchodilators can make you chubby?

No: You're confusing bronchodilators with inhaled corticosteroids, even the latter won't, unless vey high doses for protracted periods. If you are an asthmatic, please keep regular follow up with your doctor/asthma specialist, wish you wellness ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchodilator?

What is the definition or description of: bronchodilator?

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

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Why is a bronchodilator even called a bronchodilator?

Opens airways: They help open up (or dilate) the airways (the main one being called the bronchus). ...Read more

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Is airomir a newer kind of bronchodilator? How effective is it compared to others?

Is airomir a newer kind of bronchodilator? How effective is it compared to others?

No: Airomir is salbutamol, has been used in asia and australia for a long time, but not in the us. Don't we wonder why, with all the need for studies here to pass a drug? It is a b-agonist like albuterol. It is the carrier and the base that changed to change the feeling and the taste. It is an old medicine that is new to us. ...Read more

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Why should you use bronchodilator before corticosteroid?

The BD works fast!: You did not say the condition being treated, but by the combination of drugs, it sound like an asthmatic condition. Bronchodilators open up the bronchioles immediately, while the inhaled steroids work longer, but do not work immediately. Combinations like this work well for most. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Too much of anything: Using "too much" of almost anything can be harmful, especially medications. Bronchodilators can cause such effects as jitteryness and cardiac effects and if more than 2 times/week indicate the need for an inhaled steroid (ics). Ics's have a pretty wide safety dose range, but above recommended amounts may not add benefit. Oral steroids have multiple cumulative side effects. Use meds as prescribed. ...Read more

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Why should someone use a bronchodilator before a corticosteroid?

Why should someone use a bronchodilator before a corticosteroid?

Works faster: Most bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol) work fast to relieve bronchospasm, often a big part of most chronic inflammatory lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis and COPD. Asthma in particular is treated with a mixture of what we call "reliever" and "controller" medication. Controllers (such as corticosteroids) are used long term to treat persistent or recurrent acute asthma. ...Read more

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Why should one use a bronchodilator before a corticosteroid spray?

Older recommendation: We used to recommend a patient take an inhaled bronchodilator before to try to open up the airways so more of the steroid would make it to its target. This, however, was really more theoretical and has not proven necessary, when studied for any potential difference. Many patients use a combination inhaler, taking both at the same time, for convenience. ...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


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more