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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. Milroy Samuel
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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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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