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5 Ways COPD May Be Disrupting Your Sleep

25 Jan 2018
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5 Ways COPD May Be Disrupting Your Sleep

Do you spend your days feeling tired, yet have trouble getting and staying asleep? Or maybe you wake up every morning, only to feel like you’ve not slept at all the night before? According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), these sleep issues are all too common for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or…

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4 Benefits of Exercising with COPD

23 Jan 2018
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When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s super easy to forego physical activity simply because it makes it even harder to breathe. However, regularly exercising provides many benefits for people who have been diagnosed with this particular lung condition.

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5 Medications That Could Be Making Your COPD Worse

18 Jan 2018
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When you’re not feeling well, popping a pill is often the first line of defense. Got a headache? Take some aspirin or ibuprofen. Allergies bothering you? An antihistamine will likely help. Though medications like these may effectively relieve the symptoms they’ve been created to treat, sometimes they have unintended consequences. In the case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) specifically, certain medications can actually make this condition worse. These include: 1. Opioids The reason opioids are on the list is because they can slow down the respiratory system—an effect called respiratory depression—making it even harder for someone with COPD to breathe. If taken in large enough doses, they can even result in coma or death. This risk is compounded even more when opiate-based drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine are combined with benzodiazepines. That’s why, as of August 31, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that these classes of medications contain boxed warnings, “the FDA’s strongest warning,” to educate doctors and patients of this increased risk. 2. Antihistamines People typically take antihistamines for allergies, but they may also be taken to help treat colds, motion sickness, vertigo, and even anxiety. However, whether prescription or over the counter, they too can also potentially depress the respiratory system, resulting in the same effect as opioid-based medicines. In fact, some researchers suggest that this effect on the respiratory system is so strong that antihistamines may actually contribute to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a condition in which a baby dies during his or her sleep for no apparent cause. 3. Diuretics With many doctors prescribing COPD patients a diuretic, this one may surprise you, but it made the list because of the fluids and electrolytes you lose when taking this type of drug, ultimately impacting your ability to breathe. That’s why some researchers suggest that, if you are taking a diuretic, your electrolyte levels should be closely monitored. A potassium supplement, or potassium-sparing agent is recommended too. 4. Beta Blockers Beta blockers can potentially make your COPD worse in two different ways. First, sometimes they produce bronchial spasms, aggravating this condition. Second, they might also directly interact with beta-agonists, a medication that many COPD patients are prescribed by their primary care physicians. 5. Antitussives When you have COPD, it’s important that you’re able to cough, helping you get rid of the secretions in your lungs. Antitussives block this by suppressing the cough, making it more difficult to take a good, deep breath. Because all of these types of medication can potentially interfere with your COPD, it is super important to discuss these (and all other medications) with your doctor before taking them—even if they are available over the counter or without a prescription. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at [phone] or fill out the form to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you. Interested in our article on medications that may make your COPD worse? Share your thoughts and comments below.

When you’re not feeling well, popping a pill is often the first line of defense. Yet, in the case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) specifically, certain medications can actually make this condition worse.

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7 All-Natural Stress Relief Techniques for COPD Sufferers

16 Jan 2018
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7 All-Natural Stress Relief Techniques for COPD Sufferers

If we don’t cope with stressful life events positively, the Mayo Clinic reports that we risk the development of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. However, for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stress can have an even more negative effect.

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2 Foods That May Offer Former Smokers Better Lung Health

11 Jan 2018
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After looking at more than 650 adults from Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom over a 10-year period, researchers discovered that the people who ate higher portions of two specific foods tended to have slower lung decline than those who didn’t. What were those two foods?

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6 Ways to Avoid COPD Flare-Ups

9 Jan 2018
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Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is difficult enough, but when the symptoms flare up—commonly referred to as COPD exacerbations—things can go from bad to worse pretty quick. This makes finding a way to avoid these exacerbations super important to your health and your life. Fortunately, there are many options to consider.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Help Your COPD

4 Jan 2018
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Every year, 41 percent of Americans make some type of New Year’s resolution. What kinds of resolutions can you make if your goal is to improve your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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4 Types of Foods to Avoid if You Have COPD

19 Dec 2017
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However, while it’s important you know which foods can help you better manage your COPD, it’s equally important that you also know which ones to avoid because they may actually make it worse. What types of foods are on the “you’d probably be better off without them” list?

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Top 3 Christmas Desserts for COPD

23 Dec 2017
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Top 3 Christmas Desserts for COPD

Christmas is around the corner and with it comes the Christmas family dinner. Celebrated around the world, Christmas is a time for showing your appreciation for family and loved ones. For many, dessert is often the best part of the celebrations. However, for those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, finding a healthy dessert that doesn’t add extra calories or cause symptoms to flare can be difficult. In the spirit of Christmas, the Lung Institute has compiled a list of the top 3 Christmas holiday desserts just in time for your holiday season.

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