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When COPD Medications Fail: The Benefits of Cellular Therapy

5 Nov 2017
| Under COPD, Medical, Mental Health | Posted by | 13 Comments

COPD Medications aren’t without their flaws, but cellular therapy may be an effective alternative.

Simply put, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be an incredibly difficult disease to live with.

Not only is it degenerative—meaning the disease will gradually erode quality of life over time—but the daily effects of COPD can be exhausting. From simple tasks around the house to traveling around town, the symptoms of COPD can inhibit one’s daily life, making routine tasks both challenging and more complicated than before.

For many who suffer from the disease, they are typically prescribed a variety of traditional COPD medications ranging from inhalers to corticosteroids and oxygen therapy.

However, these traditional options are typically not without their downsides and side-effects; they often fail to meet the expectations of the patient. Fortunately, effective alternative treatment options do exist.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you a clear solution for When COPD Medications Fail: The Benefits of Cellular Therapy.

When COPD Medications Fail…

To begin, there are a variety of different COPD medications available, from inhalers to corticosteroids and oxygen.

Although these medications exist to relieve the symptoms of lung disease (inflammation, obstructed breathing, sputum production and general fatigue), as with many medications, they are typically coupled with a variety of negative effects.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each traditional COPD medication, its benefits, as well as possible adverse side-effects:


Otherwise known as bronchodilators, they can be either short-acting or long-acting and are used to help open the airways to make breathing easier.

Short-acting bronchodilators are typically used for an emergency situation or as needed for quick relief. Medications such as albuterol, levalbuterol and ipratropium are all short-acting bronchodilators.

Long-acting bronchodilators, however, are used for longer-term treatment of COPD, and they are usually taken once or twice a day over an extended period.

Medications such as tiotropium, salmeterol, formoterol, arformoterol, indacaterol and aclidinium are all forms of long-acting bronchodilators.

Side Effects Include-


  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Cough
  • Tremors
  • Rapid heart-rate


  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy throat


Similar to bronchodilators, corticosteroids typically take the form of an inhaler and work to relieve inflammation within the airways.

Used in conjunction with bronchodilators, corticosteroids work effectively to allow easier breathing within the lungs.

Typical medications for corticosteroids include fluticasone, budesonide and prednisolone and are usually prescribed for COPD.

Side Effects Include-

  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Change in voice
  • Colds
  • Mouth Infections (thrush)

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is simply treatment through the infusion of oxygen using an oxygen tank or concentrator.

Although the use of the tank itself can be helpful for breathing as it pumps oxygen directly into the body through the nostrils, these tanks can be inconvenient to carry and travel with.

In many cases, oxygen therapy is a last resort as it can dramatically affect the daily routine and quality of life of the patient using it.

Though one can become accustomed to using an oxygen tank, it’s incredibly important to always be aware that oxygen can react explosively to a source of fire, so smoking while using oxygen is a dangerous risk and should be avoided at all costs.

Side Effects Include-

  • Constriction of blood vessels.
  • Risk of accumulating carbon dioxide

Although the variety of traditional treatment options are inherently beneficial in treating those with chronic lung disease, the side-effects can be damaging. However, alternative treatment options are available.

When COPD Medications Fail: The Benefits of Cellular Therapy

What is Cellular Therapy?

Cellular therapy is a form of treatment within the field of regenerative medicine which aims to use the body’s natural healing mechanisms to treat diseases.

In the practice of cellular therapy for lung disease, the body’s sources for cells (blood) are withdrawn from the patient.

Then, the cells are separated and removed and finally reintroduced into the body through the veins where they eventually settle within the lungs to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

The benefit of cellular therapy, as opposed to other traditional forms of treatment, is that because cellular therapy uses the body’s own cells, there are virtually no risks of adverse effects.

Moving Forward…

It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on.

Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider cellular therapy.

Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function.

For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options.

Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

Interested in our article on When COPD Medications Fail: The Benefits of Cellular Therapy? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    Thank you for your question. We have found that there is no age limit for treating someone with COPD.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute


    5 months ago


  3. Lung Institute

    6 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. Everyone responds to treatment differently. We have many patients who do the treatment once and feel great, and we have others who want to be more proactive and come back for multiple treatments. It depends on the patient’s situation and severity of the disease. Contact your patient coordinator to find the right treatment option for you.

    To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute


    6 months ago

    After a person receives the APPROPRIATE cellular treatment, will this treatments affect be long lasting or will this person possibly require the same treatment on possibly a yearly basis or ‘can’ it be one and done?

  5. Lung Institute

    6 months ago


    Thanks for your comment and question. There are currently ongoing clinical studies occurring to further investigate the effectiveness of cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. However, these ongoing trials have not yet published their findings. To read more about published clinical studies of cell therapy in mice models, click here. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon. When you talk with the patient coordinator you could ask what they know about free clinical trials.


    The Lung Institute

  6. sharon

    6 months ago

    I read something about Free Trials? What sort of information do you have for it and does one qualify for a Free Trial?

  7. Charlie

    8 months ago

    Dear Charlie:

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently, so we can best help you by speaking with you over the phone.

    We collect patient outcomes data, and 84.5% of patients included in the study report an improvement in their quality of life after receiving treatment from a Lung Institute clinic. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Cameron Kennerly

    1 year ago

    Hello Nancy,

    Thanks for the feedback and question. For more information regarding our treatments and what they could mean for your health and well-being moving forward, please feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators. Their wealth of knowledge should be helpful in answering any and all unresolved questions and should give you a clear path to your available treatment options.

    Thanks again Nancy and we look forward to hearing from you.


    -The Lung Institute

  9. Cameron Kennerly

    1 year ago

    Hello Olive,

    First we’d like to start off by saying thank you for your comment, unfortunately, at this current time, traditional hmo’s–as well as medicaid and medicare–do not currently cover cell therapy. In the introduction of many methods of treatment such as emerging drugs, procedures and medications, it often takes years for entities such as traditional insurance, medicaid and medicare to catch up and cover them. Moving forward, we’d like to invite you to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators to answer any unresolved questions as well as to give you a clear path for what’s next in regards to your treatment options.

    Thanks Olive and we look forward to hearing from you.


    -The Lung Institute

  10. olivegrace

    1 year ago

    does medicaid cover this procedure?

  11. Nancy Densmore

    1 year ago

    I would like more information about your treatments

  12. sh

    1 year ago

    Good morning, Ms. Glover.

    We are not currently conducting free trials, but we invite you to see our “Patient Outcomes Summary:
    Autologous Stem Cell Therapy & its Effects on COPD” at this link: https://lunginstitute.com/white-papers/stem-cell-therapy-and-its-effects-on-copd_september-2016-update/.
    For more information, please give us a call at at (855) 313-1149. Someone will be happy to answer all your questions.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  13. Nellie Glover

    1 year ago

    How can I get information about studies and is that any of free trials I can take thank you

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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