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How do corticosteroids treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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These medications reduce airway inflammation. Inhaled corticosteroids are mainly used in people whose symptoms are not well controlled with bronchodilators only. That's because they work less well for COPD than they do for other lung problems such as asthma.

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

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