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Which cold treatment should I use with emphysema or chronic bronchitis?

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Stay on your prescribed medications for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and talk to your doctor about cold medicines you might use. You might treat body aches and fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Most over-the-counter cold remedies are safe for people with emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but decongestants can raise blood pressure. And don't use antihistamines if you have thick mucus; they may make it harder for you to cough up the phlegm.

SOURCES: American Lung Association: ''Need Help For Treatment Decisions with COPD?'' and ''Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet.'' The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''COPD: Learn to Breathe Better.'' Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): GOLD Guidelines At-A-Glance Desk Reference.


Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: ''Need Help For Treatment Decisions with COPD?'' and ''Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet.'' The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''COPD: Learn to Breathe Better.'' Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): GOLD Guidelines At-A-Glance Desk Reference.


Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

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