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How can antibiotics help with treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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An infection can make your COPD symptoms worse. Your doctor will give you antibiotics to kill the bacteria and treat the infection.

Take all the medicine you're prescribed. If you stop taking the antibiotics too early, the infection could come back.

From: What Are the Treatments for COPD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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