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How do you treat obstructive lung disease with medicines?

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Obstructive lung disease treatments work by helping to open narrowed airways. Medicines that relax these smooth muscles and improve airflow are called bronchodilators, and you breathe them in. These include:

  • Albuterol (Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, AccuNeb, ProAir HFA)
  • Ipratropium (Atrovent)
  • Formoterol (Foradil)
  • Salmeterol (Serevent)
  • Tiotropium (Spiriva)
  • Combined medications like Combivent Respimat, DuoNeb, Anoro
  • Ellipta, and Advair, which include a bronchodilator

From: Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

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