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Whicjh Is Better Combivent Or Abtrol For Copd
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spiriva/equivalent: People with COPD have tissue destruction which makes the midsize airways bow. In my opinion inhaled steroid still is mainstay. Then we can add spirit or equivalent to keep these midsize airways open and if there is exacerbation or as rescue, albuterol can still be used and easier to get in with the above. Steroid is for inflammation and twitchy airway stabilizer. Other experts have varied opinions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was not taking ANYTHING for COPD Last year, now I need Combivent or A/A neb tx every 4 hours around clock. Drs don't know why. Moved to new apt 2/14?
Acute vs. Permanent : Do you have Baseline Pulmonary Function Test results from previous years. If there is significant Decrease in FEV1 then you will no that this real otherwise an acute exacerbation such as upper respiratory viral illness might worsen your short term Inhaler requirements as well.See your pulmonologist t address these questions. ...Read more
Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids. Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols, combivents, and anti-cholinergis. ?
Wrong diagnosis?: If you never smoked and aren't responding to these medications the diagnosis may be incorrect. There are a variety of combination meds that are usually effective for true copd; however some people just don't seem to benefit from them. Trying nebulizer medications may be be a good alternative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better than smoking: Ideally, i would love for you to quit tobacco smoking altogether. But, i know how difficult of a challenge this can be for many people. Thus, an e-cigarette is a possible option. At least, you are not inhaling all those horrific chemicals and cancer causing agents that are loaded in tobacco smoke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medication, exercise: If you have COPD and have symptoms, you need to take certain medications regularly, when you feel good and when you don't feel so good. If you are smoking, quit smoking. Exercise daily, keep your muscle strength both arms and legs. Breathing exercises help too. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up with vaccinations, flu and pneumonia. Use hand sanitizers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This medication is a combination of two different types of medicine. The first component is a drug called albuterol which helps to open the airway's or bronchodilate. The second component is an anticholinergic medication which relaxes muscle muscle fibers around the airway. The usual dose is 2 puffs up ...Read more
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