Treatment may be to control the signs and symptoms of dyspnea.
Treatment to control the signs and symptoms of dyspnea may include the following:
Oxygen therapy: Patients who cannot get enough oxygen from the air may be given extra oxygen to inhale from a tank. Devices that increase the amount of oxygen already in the air may also be prescribed.
Medicines: Opioids, such as morphine, may lessen physical and mental distress and exhaustion and the feeling that the patient cannot take in enough air. Other drugs may be used to treat dyspnea that is related to panic disorder or severe anxiety.
Breathing methods, such as breathing with the lips pursed (almost closed).
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