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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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Bronchodilator 101: Uses and Side Effects

8 Aug 2017
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Bronchodilator

After a chronic lung disease diagnosis is given, so too, is a prescription usually given for a bronchodilator. However, although bronchodilators are renowned for their ability to shortly relief symptoms, it’s important to know their inherent side effects. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to bring you Bronchodilator 101: Uses and Side Effects.

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The Best 5 Gifts for Someone with COPD

9 Nov 2016
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The Best 5 Gifts for Someone with COPD

In most cases shopping for ourselves is easy. It’s shopping for those we love that presents the real challenge–especially if they have COPD. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you The Best 5 Gifts for Someone with COPD, in order to help you out with the holiday shopping this year.

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Product Review: My Spirometer

5 Oct 2016
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Product Review: My Spirometer

For those with COPD, managing one’s health and symptoms are among the most important lifestyle choices one can make. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down the My Spirometer, and explain how it may just change the way we measure our pulmonary function moving forward.

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COPD Symptoms Monitored with New App: The Future is Here

11 Aug 2016
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COPD Symptoms Monitored with New App: The Future is Here

The future is here. For those who suffer from chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and emphysema, a new app may be able to significantly change the way we address COPD symptom monitoring from this point forward.

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Product Review: GrandCare Systems

21 Jun 2016
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Product Review: grandCARE Systems

There are few things in life that are as important as managing one’s health. From maintaining a healthy diet, gaining adequate exercise and keeping track of one’s vitals, health management is critical to the lives of young and old–particularly for those who suffer from chronic lung disease. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down a new product that is designed to do just that, and its name is GrandCare Systems.

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Best Tools for Better Health

3 Jun 2016
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Best Tools for Better Health

If you’re unsure about what products are available to help you breathe a little easier, check out what made our list of the best tools for better health. Keep reading to learn more.

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Product Review: Hero Medication Dispenser

26 May 2016
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Product Review: Hero Medication Dispenser

70% of Americans are taking at least one form of prescription medication. However, what is often unseen is the difficulty of managing multiple medications when suffering from a chronic illness such as COPD, emphysema, or pulmonary fibrosis. Not only can mobility make it difficult to take one’s medication as directed, but for those who have difficulty with their memory, remembering a strict medication regimen can be challenging. With your health in mind, we’d like to introduce a new product that may be able to alleviate those concerns, and its name is HERO.

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Product Review: AlerSense Air Quality System

23 May 2016
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Product Review: AlerSense Air Quality System

For many people with chronic lung diseases, environmental irritants, such as indoor allergens, could cause symptom flare-ups. To help you breathe easier, we’ve researched ways to help you keep track of your home’s indoor air quality. Check out our product review to learn more.

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