Expectorants for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Guaifenesin is available in tablet, capsule, or liquid
form. Your doctor will help you decide which form is best for you.
How It Works
Expectorants may keep
mucus from sticking to the airways of the lungs,
making it easier to cough the mucus up. Expectorants may not help people with
COPD and are no longer commonly used.
Why It Is Used
Expectorants may be used in
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when it
is difficult to cough up mucus from the lungs. But expectorants are not
commonly used for COPD treatment.
How Well It Works
Expectorants may bring some relief
from symptoms, but may not improve lung
Some people who use guaifenesin
experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, rash, and itching.
Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not
available in all systems.)
What To Think About
The best way to reduce
development of mucus is to stop smoking.
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