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By Anonymous April 20, 2011 - 11:06pm
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i have copd what can i do to stop it

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COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow as you exhale and make it increasingly difficult for you to breathe. This damage to your lungs can't be reversed, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but there are treatments that can reduce symptoms and improve lung function. The best way to reduce symptoms is to stop smoking.

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Short acting bronchodilator medications may be prescribed to help open the airways in the lungs and improve breathing. These may include:

Albuterol (eg, Ventolin)
Terbutaline (eg, Brethine, Brethaire, Bricanyl)
Theophylline (eg, Elixophyllin, Theo-24)
Ipatropium bromide
Long acting bronchodilator medication may be prescribed, as well.

Steroids may be prescribed to help improve breathing. They can include:

Beclomethasone (eg, Vanceril, Beclovent)
Triamcinolone (eg, Azmacort)
Flunisolide (eg, Aerobid)
Fluticasone (eg, Flovent)
Dexamethasone (eg, Dexamethasone Intensol)
Prednisone (eg, PredniSONE Intensol, Sterapred)
Prednisolone (eg, Econopred Plus, Millipred)
Methylprednisolone (eg, Medrol, Medrol DosePak)
Antibiotics are rarely prescribed to treat bronchitis. But, they may be needed to treat a lung infection that often accompanies the illness. A small percentage of patients may need chronic antibiotic therapy.

Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen therapy can restore oxygen to parts of the body depleted because of chronic bronchitis.

Breathing exercises—These can help improve lung function. They are usually done under the supervision of a respiratory therapist
Regular exercise program —This can reduce symptoms and improve lung function.
If you are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, follow your doctor's instructions.

For more information, please visit our Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease page

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