Quitting Smoking for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take in
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is
never too late to quit. No matter how long you have had COPD or how serious it
is, quitting smoking will help slow the disease and improve your quality of
life. Medicines and other treatments cannot prevent damage to your lungs if
you continue to smoke.
There are clear benefits to quitting, even
after years of smoking. When you stop smoking, you slow how quickly further
damage develops in your lungs. For most people who quit, loss of lung function
is slowed to the normal rate of decline. Although lung damage that already has
occurred does not reverse, quitting smoking can delay the worsening of COPD
Less invasive methods should be used for relieving pain before trying invasive treatment. Some patients, however, may need invasive therapy.
A nerve block is the injection of either a local anesthetic or a drug that inactivates nerves to control otherwise uncontrollable pain. Nerve blocks can be used to determine the source of pain, to treat painful conditions that respond to nerve blocks, to predict how the pain will respond to long-term treatments, and to prevent pain following...
combination of bupropion and nicotine patches may be more effective than either
Quitting smoking can be difficult. Those who are most likely
to succeed in quitting are those who keep trying, even if they have tried
several times before. Hypnosis or acupuncture does not help most people who are
trying to quit smoking.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
November 29, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 29, 2011
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