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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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