COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Medications
Medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is used to reduce shortness of breath, control any coughing and wheezing, and to prevent and reduce a rapid, sometimes sudden, and prolonged worsening of cough, amount of mucus, and/or shortness of breath (COPD exacerbation). Most people with COPD find that medications make breathing easier.Bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids are
Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - When to Call a Doctor
Call your health professional immediately if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you:Have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.Are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.Cough up blood.Have increased swelling in your legs or
COPD Flare-Ups - Topic Overview
When you have COPD, especially if you have chronic bronchitis, you may sometimes have sudden attacks where your breathing and coughing symptoms suddenly get worse and stay that way. These attacks are called COPD exacerbations, or flare-ups. With treatment, many people recover and return to the same level of shortness of breath they had before the attack. These attacks are often life-threatening. If your symptoms suddenly get worse, and if taking your medicine doesn't help, have someone take you to the emergency room. Call if needed.COPD attacks often occur more frequently, last longer, and are more severe the longer you have COPD.CauseThe two most common causes of a COPD attack are:1A lung infection, such as acute bronchitis or pneumonia. Infections are the most common cause of COPD attacks. Infections usually are caused by viruses but can also be caused by bacteria.Air pollution.Other causes may include heart failure, allergic reactions, inhaling food or stomach contents into the
COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss
Key pointsSome people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-especially those with emphysema-may be underweight and malnourished. People with COPD often lose weight. When you lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe. This may make breathing more difficult. About 1 in 4 people with COPD weighs too little for good health, and those who are ...
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) combines a number of different therapies to help reduce your symptoms, improve quality of life, and encourage your active participation in your treatment. It will not reverse the damage to your lungs already caused by COPD. Instead, it will help you improve your ability to carry out daily tasks, such as dressing, grocery ...
Oxygen Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Oxygen treatment increases the amount of oxygen that flows into the lungs and into the bloodstream, may improve shortness of breath, and prolongs survival of some people who have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oxygen treatment may be given using several delivery systems, including air concentrators, oxygen - gas cylinders, and liquid - oxygen devices.You do not have to stay a
Nebulizer for COPD Treatment - Topic Overview
What is a nebulizer?A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist. You breathe in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine directly to your airways and lungs. Depending on your needs, you can get a small, portable nebulizer or one that sits on a table or counter. A portable unit can run on rechargeable batteries or plug into a car or wall electrical outlet. A tabletop unit plugs into a wall outlet. All nebulizers have parts that need to be washed and air-dried each time you use them. What is it used for?A nebulizer may be used to treat breathing problems. These include asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A nebulizer can make inhaling medicines easier. It can be very helpful if it is hard for you to breathe or to use an inhaler. How do you use a nebulizer?Follow the directions for use and cleaning that come with your nebulizer. For a tabletop unit:Make sure that the air compressor is steady and will not tip, and
COPD Symptom Tracker
WebMD’s COPD tracker provides your doctor with important information about your health and allows you to participate in your COPD treatment.
COPD and Heart Failure
WebMD explains the similarities and differences between COPD and heart failure and how the two conditions are treated together.