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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...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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Can a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

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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Is tracheotomy a good treatment for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Is tracheotomy a good treatment for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Sometimes: If the upper airway is the issue, then a lower access-tracheostomy can help. Head and neck, tongue cancers as examples. If the breathing issue is from pleura or pneumonia or collapse, it may not help. Sometimes tracheostomy is used to allow ventilator and still let patient be up. ...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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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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How long can someone expect to live with COPD without treatment?

How long can someone expect to live with COPD without treatment?

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

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Please describe the most important treatment of acute COPD exacerbation?

Please describe the most important treatment of acute COPD exacerbation?

Steroids antibiotic: Patients needs steroids ie Prednisone for 5- 14 days and course of antibiotics for 5-10 days. ...Read more

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What is the latest development for better treatment and possible cure for copd?

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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What is the latest development for better treatment and possible cure for COPD ?

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 more

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How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

Treatment copd spasm: It all depends on what inhaled meds you are using.If you are using 12 hour inhalers which contain steroids and long term bronchodilaters and spirive by inhalation once a day, then you can use atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol(duoneb) every 4 to 6 hours only as a rescue for the spasms if needed. ...Read more

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Are there stem cell treatment for copd?

No: There are none. You might read about it on the web, providers in certain parts of the world doing it. It is a scam and modern day charlatanism. ...Read more

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What is the first treatment in the hospital for people with COPD who can't breathe?

O2, medications: O2 most often 2l/min, breathing treatments with albuterol and atrovent (ipratropium) and intravenous soumedrol and in some cases antibiotics. We may have to do chest x-rays to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is there any COPD treatment without gastrointestinal side effects?

Side effects...: Very little of inhaled medications are absorbed systemically so bronchodilator and steroid inhalers would have few, if any, GI side effects. Systemic meds, like systemic steroids (ex. Prednisone), would have possible GI side-effects. It also depends on the GI side effects you are referring to. See your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Stage4 nsclc not doing any treatment has grown 25% in 3months in a 74 yr old. Male has COPD and other health issuse?

Should get treatment: Many treatment options that can be taylored to his health. At least should try tarceva (erlotinib) - an oral medication that may have activity no matter what his histology or markers show. ...Read more

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Radiation treatment for cancer - can it cause copd?

No: Radiation can cause radiation pneumonitis, which usually presents with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This is typically treated with steroids, but is not the same thing as copd. ...Read more

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I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium, and inhaled steroids (there are several of them). Patients who are very symptomatic benefit from systemic steroids and antibiotics. Make sure your immunizations are up to date including yearly flu vaccine. Finally, getting regular exercise helps. ...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