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? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md.

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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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What is the strongest over-the-counter expectorant I have emphysema and my doctor doesn't believe in any sort of cough medicine. .

What is the strongest over-the-counter expectorant I have emphysema and my doctor doesn't believe in any sort of cough medicine. .

GG: Some patients feel that Mucinex (guaifenesin) which is glyceryl guaiacolate helps to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough out. The cough might be much better treated by one of the combination inhaled steroids-long acting bronchodilators available by prescription. Spiriva, also by prescription might also help. It may be time to see a pulmonary specialist.

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Any new, recent developments in treatment of emphysema?

A new drug: There is a brand new drug that has been fda approved for copd/emphysema. It is called Daliresp (roflumilast) (brand name). It works by blocking an enzyme called "phosphodiesterase." it has been shown to reduce the number of attacks of copd. There are a number of side effects, and you should definitely discuss them with your doctor. I have had a mixed record of success with the meds. But, that is the latest.

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I have mild emphysema without treatment do you know how fast it can progress I don't have insurance but I do seem to get out of breath really easy?

I have mild emphysema without treatment do you know how fast it can progress I don't have insurance but I do seem to get out of breath really easy?

Severe!: This is very dangerous at your age! YOU MUST SEE A LUNG SPECIALIST! Ask for alpha one antitrypsin level. No reason to delay. Good luck

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Does mild emphysema require treatment?

Does mild emphysema require treatment?

Depends: There is data that getting treated early may slow the progression of the disease. But this comes from the pharmaceutical companies who want to sell their drugs.

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What is the best treatment for emphysema?

Stop smoking!: Stopping smoking and (if needed) wearing oxygen are the two treatments with clear benefits. Weight loss (if overweight), exercise, and inhalers reduce the number of hospitalizations a patient has. Rare causes of emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) can be treated directly, but there is no treatment that reverses the lung injury caused by the disease.

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What are options for emphysema treatment?

What are options for emphysema treatment?

Multiple: First, smoking cessation is critical. There are a variety of medications that are very helpful at relieving shortness of breath and preventing flare-ups. Pulmonary rehab programs are very beneficial. Supplementary oxygen is needed if the blood saturation is less than 90% consistently. A healthy and well balanced diet with vitamin supplementation should be used.

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for emphysema?

Many...: There are many treatments for emphysema, a form of copd. Bronchodilator inhalers can work quickly to relieve bronchospasm. Oxygen therapy is used if your oxygen level in your blood is low. Treatments are quite individualized so proper treatment requires a doctor's evaluation.

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

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

Depends...: Various tests can be done to see how severe the disease is and assess your oxygen level. Medicines include various inhalers like bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, pills like corticosteroids and even oxygen therapy, if your oxygen level is low enough. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further damage and allow for lung healing over time.

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I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China. Whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China. Whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

Depends: Good evening, Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and escalate to include inhaled and oral steroids. At the most advanced stages there are quite a few agents, including supplemental oxygen. You may need to first determine the stage of your loved ones disease. Good luck.

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Please help! What is the treatment for subcutaneous emphysema?

Please help! What is the treatment for subcutaneous emphysema?

None: Subcutaneous emphysema is the seeping or air into the looser tissues such as the skin and the mediatinum. Treat the source and let nature take its course, it will resorb once the source is treated.

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What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema, an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators, doc refused saying they won't work?

What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema, an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators, doc refused saying they won't work?

Exercise: Graded exercise for respiratory patients is your best bet. You should look for a structured program supervised by an exercise physiologist. We call this "Pulmonary Rehabilitation". If your oxygen saturation drops to

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How long can someone expect to live with emphysema lung disease without treatment?

Depends on how bad: That depends a lot on how severe the emphysema is, whether you are still smoking, whether you have symptoms of shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing, etc. Some people do just fine without treatment. Others, depending on the above factors, definitely need treatment. There are great treatments for emphysema, and they can help you feel better and breathe better.

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Are there any new treatments for COPD and emphysema that can extend my life?

Oxygen...: The only therapy that is known to prolong life in COPD is oxygen therapy and it is only needed if your oxygen level on room air is below a certain level. All other therapies are helpful for symptom control but do not actually prolong life.

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Why am I on Zemaria augmentation therapy? Web says to qualify uM should be less than 11 mine is 19.4. I am PiMZ. Have Emphysema, COPD O2 3 lit.

Why am I on Zemaria augmentation therapy? Web says to qualify uM should be less than 11 mine is 19.4. I am PiMZ. Have Emphysema, COPD O2 3 lit.

Complicated: This should be discussed with your lung doc. You may want a second or third opinion lung doc to feel comfortable with the decisions. Life is short and no reason to wait.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more