Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Treatments

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What treatment is available for COPD?

The goals of COPD treatment are:

  1. to prevent further deterioration in lung function;
  2. to alleviate symptoms;
  3. to improve performance of daily activities and quality of life.

The treatment strategies include:

  1. quitting cigarette smoking;
  2. taking medications to dilate airways (bronchodilators) and decrease airway inflammation;
  3. vaccination against flu influenza and pneumonia;
  4. regular oxygen supplementation; and
  5. pulmonary rehabilitation.
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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: 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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