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Are antibiotics effective against copd?

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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Think of COPD as difficulty moving air in and out of your lungs either because the lungs have lost resiliancy (emphysema) or because the airways have become scarred over the years and block the flow (chronic bronchitis).
Neither of these is caused by a bacteria so antibiotics dont help, however both make you more likely to get infections (pneumonia) thus needing antibiotics.

In brief: No

Think of COPD as difficulty moving air in and out of your lungs either because the lungs have lost resiliancy (emphysema) or because the airways have become scarred over the years and block the flow (chronic bronchitis).
Neither of these is caused by a bacteria so antibiotics dont help, however both make you more likely to get infections (pneumonia) thus needing antibiotics.
Dr. Perry Sexton
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No....

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is usually a result of smoking and not infection.
Therefore, unless an infection complicates the disease, antibiotics are not warranted.

In brief: No....

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is usually a result of smoking and not infection.
Therefore, unless an infection complicates the disease, antibiotics are not warranted.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

People with COPD are often at increased risk of developing lung infections (e.
g. Bronchitis, pneumonia). These infections cause inflammation and increased mucus production which makes the symptoms of COPD much worse. Treating these infections with antibiotics can help improve the "worsened" symptoms caused by the infection, but not the underlying condition and symptoms related to COPD itself.

In brief: No

People with COPD are often at increased risk of developing lung infections (e.
g. Bronchitis, pneumonia). These infections cause inflammation and increased mucus production which makes the symptoms of COPD much worse. Treating these infections with antibiotics can help improve the "worsened" symptoms caused by the infection, but not the underlying condition and symptoms related to COPD itself.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

A recent double blind study established that patient who have frequent exacerbations of COPD benefit from being place on suppressive dose of Azithromycin given chronically over several months.

In brief: Possibly

A recent double blind study established that patient who have frequent exacerbations of COPD benefit from being place on suppressive dose of Azithromycin given chronically over several months.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology

In brief: No

Only if there is acute infection in a patient with cop.
These patient often have infectious exacerbation due to poor cilliary clearance.

In brief: No

Only if there is acute infection in a patient with cop.
These patient often have infectious exacerbation due to poor cilliary clearance.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Antibiotics are usually effective against COPD usually in conjunction with steroids, and nebulizer treatments.
Because it is a chronic conduction, usually these patients develop antibiotic resistances and may need hospitalization for iv's, oxygen or in extreme cases intubation.

In brief: Yes

Antibiotics are usually effective against COPD usually in conjunction with steroids, and nebulizer treatments.
Because it is a chronic conduction, usually these patients develop antibiotic resistances and may need hospitalization for iv's, oxygen or in extreme cases intubation.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Antibiotics are used in flare-ups of COPD in which a bacterial infection is also involved, but antibiotics in general do not treat or cure copd.
Other inhalers and sometimes oxygen are necessary to help control copd. The best treatment for COPD is smoke avoidance.

In brief: No

Antibiotics are used in flare-ups of COPD in which a bacterial infection is also involved, but antibiotics in general do not treat or cure copd.
Other inhalers and sometimes oxygen are necessary to help control copd. The best treatment for COPD is smoke avoidance.
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, which COPD is not.

In brief: No

Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, which COPD is not.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Antibiotics don't fix copd, but they are useful as part of the treatment, along with steroids, for flares of such.
51% of flares of COPD (exacerbations) are due to bacterial infection.

In brief: Yes

Antibiotics don't fix copd, but they are useful as part of the treatment, along with steroids, for flares of such.
51% of flares of COPD (exacerbations) are due to bacterial infection.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: No

As COPD really only refers to the "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease", which is a structural lung issue, antibiotics are not effective against it.
COPD patients, though, have a higher tendency to have bacterial lung illnesses, which is when you would employ antibiotics.

In brief: No

As COPD really only refers to the "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease", which is a structural lung issue, antibiotics are not effective against it.
COPD patients, though, have a higher tendency to have bacterial lung illnesses, which is when you would employ antibiotics.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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