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Over The Counter Treatment For Copd
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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