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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

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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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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Treatment of copd with renal insufficienccy?

Treatment of copd with renal insufficienccy?

Nothing specific: There should t be any specific treatment alterations for COPD with renal insufficiency unless you take antibiotics - they may need to be dosed based on your kidney function ...Read more

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Can a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

Not as a treatment: Patients with terminal COPD may end up in a tracheostomy but it is not a treatment for COPD per se. ...Read more

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Is it common for a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

Is it common for a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

No: It is not a common treatment though it is used. It used usually in severe /end stage copd. These patient tend to have very severe COPD and need frequent treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for copd?

What's the best treatment for copd?

See a pulmonologist: The best treatment depends on how advanced the condition is, what are the main manifestations, and how your body responds to treatment. Your pulmonologist will do the appropriate work up and recommend medications based on established guidelines. ...Read more

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Copd -- what treatment should I be asking for?

Copd -- what treatment should I be asking for?

Depends on how ill: Depending on your quality of life and the severity of your diseae, you will need different treatments. People with mild disease may need no more than an albuterol inhaler to use when they feel badly. People with severe disease may need two different long acting inhalers (e.g. Spiriva and advair) plus albuterol plus pulmonary rehab. If you haven't quit smoking yet, do so and get help. ...Read more

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What's the best possible treatment know today for copd?

What's the best possible treatment know today for copd?

Damage: To your airways and lung "breathing units" have been affected by chemicals in that nasty drug. How could we reverse that damage, o at least, optimize air get trough constricted airways and faulty alveoli? ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for copd?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for copd?

COPD: COPD has many treatments -- first and foremost, the patient must quit smoking (if they are a smoker). The next line of treatment includes inhalers. There is a newer pill that is available to prevent COPD exacerbations, but this is often not used first line. Oxygen supplementation is used in the more severe forms of copd. ...Read more

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How long can someone expect to live with COPD without treatment?

How long can someone expect to live with COPD without treatment?

Depends: It depends on many things: (1) how severe the COPD is; (2) how many symptoms you have from it; (3) if you are still smoking or not.

Some people have very mild COPD that doesn't need treatment and can live a long time with it. Others need inhalers and other treatments; others may need oxygen. So, it really depends on how bad it is and what other factors are present. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Please describe the most important treatment of acute COPD exacerbation?

Steroids antibiotic: Patients needs steroids ie Prednisone for 5- 14 days and course of antibiotics for 5-10 days. ...Read more

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What is the latest development for better treatment and possible cure for copd?

No cure: There is no cure for COPD, There are several things one can do to alleviate symptoms. In general the list is:
1) smoking cessation 2) Supplemental Oxygen in more severe disease 3) inhaled medications: there are multiple options, inhaled steroids, bronchodilators etc 4) pulmonary rehabilitation (controlled exercise) 5) vaccinations for pneumonia and the flu. Discuss details with your doctor ...Read more

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What is the latest development for better treatment and possible cure for COPD?

Copd: There is no "cure" for copd, and unfortunately the medications for it can improve symptoms and reduce exacerbations but do not convincingly improve survival. Smoking cessation is by far the most important step in management. There are some new medications out, but nothing that really modifies the disease. Implantable "coils" are being studied and may offer improvement in symptoms for some. ...Read more

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How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

Treatment copd spasm: It all depends on what inhaled meds you are using. If you are using 12 hour inhalers which contain steroids and long term bronchodilaters and spirive by inhalation once a day, then you can use atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol (duoneb) every 4 to 6 hours only as a rescue for the spasms if needed. ...Read more

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Are there stem cell treatment for copd?

No: There are none. You might read about it on the web, providers in certain parts of the world doing it. It is a scam and modern day charlatanism. ...Read more

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What is the first treatment in the hospital for people with COPD who can't breathe?

O2, medications: O2 most often 2l/min, breathing treatments with albuterol and atrovent (ipratropium) and intravenous soumedrol and in some cases antibiotics. We may have to do chest x-rays to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is there any COPD treatment without gastrointestinal side effects?

Side effects...: Very little of inhaled medications are absorbed systemically so bronchodilator and steroid inhalers would have few, if any, GI side effects. Systemic meds, like systemic steroids (ex. Prednisone), would have possible GI side-effects. It also depends on the GI side effects you are referring to. See your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Stage4 nsclc not doing any treatment has grown 25% in 3months in a 74 yr old. Male has COPD and other health issuse?

Should get treatment: Many treatment options that can be taylored to his health. At least should try tarceva (erlotinib) - an oral medication that may have activity no matter what his histology or markers show. ...Read more

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Radiation treatment for cancer - can it cause copd?

No: Radiation can cause radiation pneumonitis, which usually presents with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This is typically treated with steroids, but is not the same thing as copd. ...Read more

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I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium, and inhaled steroids (there are several of them). Patients who are very symptomatic benefit from systemic steroids and antibiotics. Make sure your immunizations are up to date including yearly flu vaccine. Finally, getting regular exercise helps. ...Read more

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If I had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already? My PTB last for 3 yrs. My med is symbcort

If I had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already? My PTB last for 3 yrs. My med is symbcort

Probably more going: Is "ptb" short for pulmonary tuberculosis? While extensive TB could leave you with some shortness of breath, COPD is more typically associated with a long smoking history. Asthma could also be an issue. Symbocort is a good drug for either condition. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow: You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist. To have it fine tuned. ...Read more

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I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

RAD V COPD: YES IT IS: COPD TX has many layers :LONG ACTING INHALERS/SHORT ACTING INHALERS/benzoate/SINGULAIR. COPD is unusual in an non smoker under 50. Make sure they evaluate you for alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency /pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary fibrosis/sarcoidosis. You need a full exam labs CT of chest. PFTS with DLCO AND POTENTIALLY lung bronchoscopy with biopsy. By pulmonary consult. ...Read more

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I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?

I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?

Proper treatment: In my opinion, contrary to others, these conditions should always be treated with inhaled steroid first and then add. This prevents inflammation and twitchy airways. In COPD there is bowing of midsize airways due to tissue destruction. This is helped with anticholinergics (thiotropium or ipratropium) this allows the rescue albuterol to get into the distal airways for rescue, more mainstay in asthm. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options fo stage 3 copd? My oxygen saturation levels are between 92 & 98, what causes my shortenss of breath even though I have "normal" oxygen levels?

What are the treatment options fo stage 3 copd? My oxygen saturation levels are between 92 & 98, what causes my shortenss of breath even though I have "normal" oxygen levels?

Shortness of breath.: Your shortness of breath could be caused by an increase work of breathing. Because of the COPD, you may be working harder in order to achieve a normal oxygen level. You sense this increased work of breathing as shortness of breath. Also, if your oxygen level decreases with activity, this may lead to shortness of breath and requires oxygen therapy. A 6 minute walk test may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

Lung damage: Why are doing this to yourself? You know the answer perfectly. Smoking is not the answer to anything and it will worsen your asthma, lung damage, restriction or copd. Whatever you want to call it. ...Read more

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I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

Different: Fibrosis is not copd, although they may exist together in some people. There are different varieties of fibrosis, so evaluation by your healthcare provider is needed to determine your prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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