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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 one's disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would you consider a dose of 2l of oxygen for treatment emphysema a high dose or low dose?

Would you consider a dose of 2l of oxygen for treatment emphysema a high dose or low dose?

Low: This is low dose oxygen and equal to roughly 27 percent inspired oxygen (we breathe 21 percent). ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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 an 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 an 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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My mom is having severe neck and back problems. What can she do? My mom has been ill with heart problems, emphasema, liver problems, and high blood pressure. Her doctor has quit seeing her. She was told not to take over-the-counter medication.

My mom is having severe neck and back problems. What can she do? My mom has been ill with heart problems, emphasema, liver problems, and high blood pressure. Her doctor has quit seeing her. She was told not to take over-the-counter medication.

She : She needs to find a new doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime if her pain is unbearable she can present to a walk in clinic or urgent care for help.
With her medical issues she needs to be under the care of a physician.
I wish her well. ...Read more

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I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

Rash: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without some visuals, at least in pictures if not in person. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alternatively, you can try Healthtap Prime and upload some photos. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department — you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD. ...Read more

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The Best over-the-counter treatment for an open sore?

The Best over-the-counter treatment for an open sore?

See details: The best otc treatment would be an antibiotic ointment and keeping the area clean. Be careful. Infected sores almost always need prescription antibiotics and not creams or ointments. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for scabies?

Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). It is applied over the entire body from the chin to the toes and left on for 8 to 14 hours before washing off. The treatment is repeated 1 week later. After your first Permethrin treatment is completed you can try some calamine lotion and some solarcaine as itching may persist. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomoniasis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomoniasis?

Prescribed: Trichomoniasis can be treated w one oral dose of Metronidazole or tinidazole. These are antibiotics which your doctor can order. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Need to see a doctor: You might need a prescription for an antibiotic. In addition to this, wound care with soap and water is important. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for delirium tremens?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for delirium tremens?

DTs: No! This is a life threatening situation and needs treatment by a physician. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Kane skin fungus?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Kane skin fungus?

Fungal infections: Of the skin can be from a number of fungal species. The treatment is usually either Topical anti-fungus medications both OTC and by Prescriptions but in many cases ORAL anti-fungal medications by Prescription are necessary! In short...get an exact diagnosis....get an exact Treatment!
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Emphysema (Definition)

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