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How can steroids and combination medicines work to treat emphysema?

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Steroids ease swelling and mucus in your airways so you can breathe easier. Usually, you breathe them in with an inhaler.

Over time, steroids can have serious side effects, including weight gain, diabetes, cataracts, high blood pressure, weakened bones, and higher odds of infection.

Your doctor may recommend you use steroids with beta-agonist or anticholinergic bronchodilators. This provides more benefits than using either drug alone. It’s also easier because you have one inhaler instead of two.

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

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Tammy Wichman, MD, associate professor, pulmonary critical care, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Yasufuku, K., , Elsevier, 2016. Innovations in Thoracic Surgery, An Issue of Thoracic Surgery Clinics of North America

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International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : “Role of mucolytics in the management of COPD.”

Thorax : “Targeted lung denervation for moderate to severe COPD: a pilot study.”

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Beta2-Agonists (Bronchodilators).”

Columbia University: “Emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

American Lung Association “Managing Your COPD Medications.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Emphysema.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

University of California San Francisco: “Emphysema Treatments,” “Lung Transplant.”

University of Massachusetts Medical School: “Therapeutic Class Overview Phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4 Inhibitors.”

National Health Service (United Kingdom): “Bronchodilators.”

American Thoracic Society: “Surgery for COPD,” “What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsan Deficiency?” “Oxygen Therapy,” “Medicines Used to Treat COPD.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Tammy Wichman, MD, associate professor, pulmonary critical care, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Yasufuku, K., , Elsevier, 2016. Innovations in Thoracic Surgery, An Issue of Thoracic Surgery Clinics of North America

Annals of Internal Medicine : “In the Clinic: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Medical Devices : “Technology update: bronchoscopic thermal vapor ablation for managing severe emphysema.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : “Role of mucolytics in the management of COPD.”

Thorax : “Targeted lung denervation for moderate to severe COPD: a pilot study.”

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Beta2-Agonists (Bronchodilators).”

Columbia University: “Emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

American Lung Association “Managing Your COPD Medications.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Emphysema.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

University of California San Francisco: “Emphysema Treatments,” “Lung Transplant.”

University of Massachusetts Medical School: “Therapeutic Class Overview Phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4 Inhibitors.”

National Health Service (United Kingdom): “Bronchodilators.”

American Thoracic Society: “Surgery for COPD,” “What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsan Deficiency?” “Oxygen Therapy,” “Medicines Used to Treat COPD.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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