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COPD_Medication

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COPD Medication


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Summary:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD does not have any cure. But with the help of medicines and
cessation of smoking, it can be kept under control. Different types of medicines cure different types of
symptoms. Mucus, breathlessness, cough and fatigue are all the symptoms of COPD. Based on the intensity
of the particular symptom and the prescription given by your doctor, you can use one or more than five
types of medicines available to keep COPD under control.



Keywords:
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD and life expectancy, COPD medication, COPD stages



Article Body:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD does not have any cure. But with the help of medicines and
cessation of smoking, it can be kept under control. Different types of medicines cure different types of
symptoms. Mucus, breathlessness, cough and fatigue are all the symptoms of COPD. Based on the intensity
of the particular symptom and the prescription given by your doctor, you can use one or more than five
types of medicines available to keep COPD under control.


Bronchodilators help ease breathing. The medicine in a bronchodilator opens up the airways of your lungs
and eases breathing. Oxygen therapy is suggested if it is becoming difficult for your body to get enough
oxygen into your bloodstream. Oxygen therapy lessens breathlessness and improves physical stamina in
patients suffering from COPD.


COPD patients often suffer bacterial inflections that can cause severe flare-ups in the lungs. In such cases,
antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria. Different antibiotics such as Cipro, Amoxil, Septra, etc., kill different
bacteria. Sometimes, because of extreme flare-ups in the lungs, a COPD patient may experience flu and
pneumonia. Here, vaccines are given to decrease the intensity of the symptom.


Some COPD patients experience severe cough and inflammation in the lungs. These patients are prescribed
anti-inflammatory drugs. These medicines are usually in the form of corticosteroids. Anti-inflammatory
medicines reduce cough and inflammation in the airways of the lungs. Usually, the patient inhales them.
Although corticosteroids are primarily given to asthma patients, they can also help those COPD patients
suffering from severe cough and inflammation in the lungs.
Based on the symptoms and the individual reactions to the medicines, doctors prescribe various medicines.
But all COPD patients should take some precautions while they use these medicines. Taking the medicines
as directed, not stopping them without consulting the doctor, not sharing the medicines with other patients,
planning for the refills well ahead of time and being well aware of the effects and side effects of a medicine
before you start taking them etc., can be extremely beneficial in containing the symptoms of COPD.


Contact your physician if you experience any side effects from these medicines. They can be increased
shortness of breath, allergic reactions, prolonged nausea, vomiting, prolonged muscle cramps, or heart
palpitations, white spots in the mouth and vaginal itching.




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