Patient Comments: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your COPD?

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

Spiriva is the best medication of all for COPD, but you'll get more help from a humidifier and a mucous relief cough medicine than without it. The guaifenesin cough medicine will clear out your congestion so well. And now Walmart's brand is on the 88 cents shelf. I go through a small bottle about every 2 days. The drying of mucous will make everything worse.

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Comment from: patiently waiting..., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I have never smoked. Unfortunately, my father did for all the years I lived at home. I was diagnosed at 45 with COPD. I have it as bad as my father who is now 78. He feels so terrible that his secondhand smoke has played a part in my illness. I tell him not to worry about it. But as I watch him panic as he struggles to breathe, I wonder if I, too, will be like that soon. I have no insurance thanks to the economy and layoffs. Thanks to Arizona, I make $2.70 -- too much on unemployment to qualify for state medical aid. So my father shares his medicine with me. He takes all he needs but gives me the left over at the end of the month. There are times when I can't breathe and turn a lovely shade of blue; my heart skips, and I wonder what will be next. I am not afraid to die, which will probably be the next step if I don't get a job soon with some insurance.

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Comment from: Betta, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 02

It was shocking to me to have the doctor tell me I had COPD. I have never smoked and had not been around smokers to any extent. Of my 12 brothers and sisters, none of us smoked, not my father nor my mother. I have always lived a life away from smokers. I have had a somewhat abusive married life. So, I am wondering if stress may be the cause of my COPD. I would like to pursue this thought, but, don't really know how.

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Comment from: dickg, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years. My principal symptom has been a heavy feeling in the chest. I cannot breathe well while lying flat on my back or on my right side. I have recently had a very major reduction in these symptoms having been prescribed cefdinir for a diagnosis of an upper respiratory viral infection last month.

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Comment from: chacha, 55-64 Female Published: June 09

The best treatment for COPD for me has been quitting smoking. I have finally quit after 48 years. I used Chantix.

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Comment from: appleman, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I have found that the most effective treatment for me is 4 treatments a day of 2 treatments of Duoneb and 2 treatments of xopenex. Of course I also use Spiriva and zymbicort. This has been upgraded at times from previous medications. My copd was diagnosed in 1981 so inhalers were not even available then, so they put me on bezedrine four 3 or 4 months, then inhalers which I used until 2004. I was then put liquid oxygen 24/7 for the rest of my life. I am steadily getting worse. Most of that is because I am 81 and that is a long time to have had this condition when it is as severe as mine is.

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Comment from: smartmom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Although my COPD is mild to this point, there have been several suggestions that have been helpful. One is to avoid breathing through the mouth and practice breathing through the nose. Another is to focus on using the diaphragm to open my lungs to their fullest extent and increase the oxygen intake. Beyond the physical practices, medication has helped (Spiriva and Advair plus nose sprays). Oxygen doesn't seem to help, although my doctor is adamant about using it at night.

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Comment from: gordon, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I received lung volume reduction surgery 2 years ago and felt the benefit almost immediately. I have COPD and chronic emphysema and also the antitrypsin deficiency. Over the last two years the benefit has decreased gradually and I am about to go back to have another lung volume reduction performed on my left lung. I can only say that for me this treatment has worked well and has allowed me to live a normal life and I am extremely grateful to the medical team.

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