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Over The Counter Treatment For Inherited Emphysema
Alpha one?: Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies. ...Read more
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
Pulmonary Medicine: Inherited emphysema may be caused by any one of several dozen different genetic conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is one well known cause: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency. Your pulmonary doctor will be very familiar with these conditions, can diagnose the exact genetic cause, and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more
"Inherited": Usually means susceptibility to emphysema due to lack of functional in the protein "alpha-1 trypsin inhibitor" (a1at). This is due to one of several possible mutations in the gene, and only some of those mutations are associated with liver disease. There are no other known genes for "inherited emphysema" that I am aware of, so i can't give you other questions to speak to your doctor about. ...Read more
? 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A new drug: There is a brand new drug that has been fda approved for copd/emphysema. It is called Daliresp (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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emphysema is also known as COPD. Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more
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